Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Herpetology Division has excellent research opportunities for motivated undergraduates. Opportunities range from learning experiences in specimen-based research (data collection from biological specimens) to training in molecular techniques, DNA sequencing, and advanced data management and analysis. We encourage students with an interest in careers in science to design and carry out projects of their own or to take advantage of on-going projects in the lab in areas that suit their needs and match their interests. We welcome students who are simply interested in developing their laboratory skills as well as those who prefer to take more responsibility, collaborate with other researchers, take the lead in data collection and analysis, and follow projects through to eventual publication.

Opportunities for fieldwork are especially strong at present. Currently we are conducting fieldwork on a variety of projects in several countries in SE Asia and we encourage local field projects as well. Some competitive funding is available to support undergraduate participation in fieldwork through the University of Kansas and currently we have field programs in the Philippines, SW Pacific, Malaysia, and Mongolia.

Interested students should contact:

Rafe M. Brown
Biodiversity Institute
University of Kansas
Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7561
office: (785) 864-3403
FAX (785) 864-5335
Email: rafe(a)ku.edu