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Undergraduate research is highly valued in the lab!  Generally, initial student work is aimed at familiarizing students with the kind of data and projects that are available to them in the Blois lab.  For examples, students may sort owl pellets or fossils and start to identify bones to genus.  Occasionally, students will help with mammal surveys on the Vernal Pools Reserve or with database tasks.  As students progress academically and in terms of lab experience, we will work together to develop a research project according to the students interests.

Students generally get undergraduate research credit (e.g., Bio or ESS 95, Bio or ESS 195) for work in the lab.  Students typically commit to 2 units of research credit or 6 hours per week, but this is flexible. In rare cases, paid opportunities may arise.

To apply to work in the Blois lab, please send Danaan DeNeve (ddeneveweeks@ucmerced.edu) an application letter with the following information:

  1. Your name, major, year, and your expected graduation time
  2. A description of your own educational and career goals, and research interests
  3. What previous lab experience or other relevant experience do you have?
  4. A description of which aspects of the lab research are most interesting to you
  5. What research tasks most interest you? What research tasks don’t interest you? What tasks do you think you would be best at and why?
  6. How many hours/week could you devote?
  7. How/why would working for me/this lab assist you personally or with your career?

This letter is due by January 10.  At that point, the graduate studednts will evaluate the applications and determine whether and which students will be accepted into the lab.  Preference is given to Bio/Eco-Evo and ESS students.

Students are expected to:

  • Work in the lab for the agreed-on number of hours
  • Meet with their graduate student supervisor at the beginning of the semester to develop a series of research goals for the students work
  • Write a summary/report of the work they have performed in the lab and meet with the graduate student supervisor to discuss at the end of the semester.

Spring 2018 Opportunities (more information pending)

Geometric Morphometrics of river otter crania

Ancient DNA

Modern DNA

Morphometrics of Rodent teeth

Molding & Casting rodent teeth


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