Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
Undergraduates play an active research role in the lab. We typically have 3-5 undergraduates working in the lab each semester. In the summer, several students have had the opportunity to conduct research elsewhere in the U.S. (e.g, Napa Valley, California) and outside the country (field plots in Poland; Greenland). Students working in the lab often are taking independent research credit. Many students have been supported by grants (NSF REU; WISER and various training grants), especially during the summer. There are also opportunities for work study positions and limited wage payroll positions. Often a student in the lab develops a research project that becomes an honors thesis or presents a poster at the Undergraduate research fair. We also have supported students to present their research at national scientific meetings. These experiential opportunities are critical for students interested in excelling in the sciences.
Melissa is a Senior in Biology (Ecology option) and working on a project linking above-ground and below-ground phenology in temperate tree species.
Cody is a Sophomore in Environmental Resource Management and his undergraduate research project focuses on understanding the relationship between soil volumetric water content and soil water isotopic signature at the Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory.
Jenna is a junior majoring in Environmental Resource Management with dual minors in Soils and Water.