Undergraduates

Overview

We recruit ~4-10 undergraduates each year to work on various research projects going on in our lab. We mainly recruit students to help in the lab or field from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at UM. We also hire ~2-4 undergraduates or post-graduates each year to assist in our field research activities such as the Kluane Red Squirrel Project. These latter positions will be advertised on the Lab News page in December/January of each year with positions running from February-September.

 

Involved Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate Students

Aura Raulo (University of Helsinki, 2014-2016)

Aura visited the research group from the University of Helsinki while it was based in Cambridge and then at Michigan. She is completing a literature analysis project about the physiological mechanisms underlying variation in the expression of social behavior. We have drafted a manuscript on this study and Aura is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Oxford.

 Undergraduate Students

Zainab Almusawi (September 2015-present)

Zainab is helping us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel fecal samples.

Ani Annadata (September 2015-2016)

Ani is helping us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces.

Bailey Balinski (September 2015-2016)

Bailey is helping to coordinate a new project we are starting about the fox squirrels on the campus of the University of Michigan (https://twitter.com/umichsquirrels)

Sam Bower (September 2015-present)

Sam is helping us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces.

Erica DesJardins (September 2015-2016)

Erica is helping to coordinate a new project we are starting about the fox squirrels on the campus of the University of Michigan (https://twitter.com/umichsquirrels)

Anam Khan (September 2015-2016)

Anam is helping us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrels feces.

Berkley Lafreniere (August 2014-May 2015)

Berkley completed a data analysis project about how ecological factors affect the tolerance of socially dominant meerkats for socially subordinate individuals.

Meg Ryan (September 2015-2016)

Meg is helping us on a project to help us understand how prenatal stress affects animal personality in red squirrels.

Brittany Tang (August 2014-December 2015)

Brittany completed a literature analysis project and laboratory analyses about the association between maternal stress hormone levels and offspring fitness.

Abigail Vallie (October 2015-2017)

Abigail is helping us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces.

Caleb Vogt (August 2014-May 2015)

Caleb worked on the physiological causes of variation in red squirrel personalities.

Melanie Wellstein (August 2014-May 2015)

Melanie completed a literature analysis project and laboratory analyses about the association between  stress hormone levels and fitness.

 

Interested in Joining the Lab as an Undergraduate?

If you are a motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate student that wants to experience the process of scientific research and learn new laboratory or other technical skills, see here. We are always open to accepting new undergraduate students!