School of
Integrative Biology

The R. Weldon Larimore /
Jordan Creek Endowment Fund

Illinois Natural History Survey

Invitation for Larimore Stream Ecology Internship Application

The family and friends of Dr. R. Weldon Larimore have established a legacy fund in honor of his long and distinguished career at the Illinois Natural History Survey (1946-2002) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1969-1988). Dr. Larimore is a pre-eminent researcher in the area of stream ecology and a pioneer in many research techniques used today. His research has taken him all over the world, but Dr. Larimore's passion was the study of Jordan Creek in Vermilion County, Illinois. The establishment of this fund is to maintain ongoing research in stream ecology, a vital and important part of natural history and aquatic biology.

This biennial internship with the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) Stream Ecology Lab will provide you with real-world research experience. It is a great opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a graduate program in stream or aquatic ecology. The position will involve a mix of field and office work under the mentorship of a senior stream ecologist. Fieldwork will be focused on Jordan Creek in Vermilion County, Illinois (approximately 40 minutes away from UI campus).

Successful applicants will learn a suite of aquatic ecology research skills including:

  • Water quality measurement & habitat quality assessment
  • Electrofishing and macroinvertebrate sampling
  • Fish identification and measurement
  • Statistical analysis of aquatic biodiversity and community structure
  • Scientific writing

The internship includes an award totaling $4,000 as well as travel and supply reimbursement up to $500. If no suitable applications are received, the committee reserves the right not to fund the internship in the current year.


Any students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana are eligible to apply. Individuals engaged in degree programs in environmental sciences, natural resources, biology, animal biology, and entomology will receive highest consideration. Must possess a valid driver’s license and ability to drive a University vehicle.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit the following

  • Resume/C.V.
  • Unofficial transcripts including courses taken and grades
  • Two letters of recommendation

Closing Date

Award is offered every other year.
The next award will be available in 2022.
Please look for a call for applications in March 2022.

Submit Completed Application by Closing Date to

Dr. Yong Cao,
Include the email subject: Stream Ecology Summer Internship.
Attach all application materials as PDF files.

More Information

For specific questions about the internship please contact Dr. Yong Cao at 217-244-6847 or

For more information about Dr. Larimore or past endowment fund projects please see:

For more information about the Illinois Natural History Survey, please visit: