Joining the Lab: Prospective Undergraduate Students

We are always excited to have hard-working and enthusiastic students get involved in the lab. We have a variety of ongoing projects (see “what we do”) and are always on the lookout for student help. We provide students with a wide variety of field and lab experience, which we pair with some additional workshops to develop skills like data analysis and management and navigating publications. There are several options for joining the lab as an undergraduate:

  • URAP – Most semesters we have project descriptions posted through UC Berkeley’s URAP program. Please search for our lab projects at the beginning of each semester.
  •  SPUR – If you are a College of Natural Resources (CNR) student, you have the opportunity to collaborate with a lab member on a research project that you helped design. SPUR also provides students with a small grant to conduct their research. This is a great option if you’re interested in pursuing independent research.
  • Volunteers – If you are trying to pin down your interest in science and possibly ecology but aren’t interested in getting credit or conducting an independent project, this may be a good option. After reviewing some of the project descriptions, feel free to contact a lab member working on that project. Include in your email some of your scientific interests and career goals and previous experience either courses, jobs, or research positions.
  •  Thesis – Many UC Berkeley degrees require a senior thesis project. If any of our ongoing projects sparked your interest or line with up your interests, please feel free to contact a lab member working on that project. If possible contact someone in the lab a semester or two before you plan on conducting the research for your thesis. It would beneficial to you to have some hands on research experience before you get started.