Student Opportunities

undergraduate research

Maria Garcia (mentor Dr. Aaron Lynne) presenting a poster of her research at the 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium. This University-wide event is sponsored by the Elliot T. Bowers Honors College.

What can I do with a degree in Biology?

Forest management, medical technologist, USDA quarantine officer, patent examiner, national park guide, forensic scientist, science journalist, K-12 teacher, pharmaceutical or biotech sales rep, museum curator, nutritionist, wildlife biologist, public health officer, and many others.

The above are in addition to excellent preparation for medical school, pharmacy school, graduate schools in biomedical sciences or zoology or botany, dental school, vet school, podiatrist, etc.

Can you have a position with a Bachelor's degree? Yes you can. However, most positions require advanced training, which is also true in other science and technology fields.

For more information, we recommend the book What can you do with a Biology Degree, by Bart Astor, from Wiley Press.

The Institute for Broadening Participation has a website Pathways to Science, and has collected a number of resources useful to undergraduate students interested in research, including a listing of summer research programs.  See it here

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

The 2011 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship application is now available online. Learn more and download an application at:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. From grant writing to interaction with their community, today's young scientists must also be able science communicators. The lessons they learn through the Fellowship experience will benefit their career path and help them increase public understanding of science and technology.

The Fellowship places senior undergraduate and graduate science, engineering and mathematics students at media sites nationwide to work as science reporters for 10 weeks.

Past sites include the Chicago Tribune, NPR and Scientific American. By exposing reporters and editors to the expertise of student scientists, while also training those same students in the nuances of journalism, the program can improve the quality of information that is disseminated.

For more than 30 years the Fellowship has trained student scientists who have gone on to contribute to the larger scientific discussion including, Eric Lander, Founding Director The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT; Edward J. Weiler, Acting Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA; and Kenneth Chang and Erica Goode of the New York Times.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. Founded in 1848, AAAS serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. AAAS also publishes the journal Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million.

AAAS selects 15-20 Fellows each summer. There is a $4,500 stipend plus travel expenses.

Deadline is January 15, 2011.

Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program 
1200 New York Ave., NW, Room 639 
Washington, D.C. 20005 



Large website hosted by Howard Hughes Medical Institute and AAAS

List of grants compiled by SSAR but not exclusive to students in herpetology.

Dissertation Fellowship
Stipend to assist American women in final year of doctoral work in any field.
Stipend = $20,000
Deadline: 15 November. Application materials available 1 August
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
Stipend = $30,000
Deadline: 15 November. Application materials available 1 August
Career Development Grants
Support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.
Grant award: $2,000-$8,000
Deadline: 15 December. Applications available 1 August
Grant year: 1 July - 30 June

Collection Study Grants
Supports predoctoral and recent postdoctoral investigators for study in vertebrate zoology and anthropology collections. Applications require prior inquiry to collections manager.
Award: $500-1500 for travel and subsistence
Deadline: variable depending on department (taxonomic group)
Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund
Supports ornithological research anywhere in the world
Award: range from $200 - $1000
Deadline: Jan 15
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund
Supports research on North American vertebrates, except birds
Award: range from $200 - $1000
Deadline: Feb 15
Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research
Supports projects dealing with systematics, evolution, ecology and field-oriented behavioral studies of marine animals
Award: range from $200 - $1000
Deadline: March 15

Several different funds that support student members of the American Ornithologists' Union
Award: up to $1,800
Deadline: February 1
List of other funding sources for research on birds:

Applicant should be member of ASIH and enrolled for an advanced degree.
Gaige Fund Award
Funds for herpetologists for museum or lab work, travel, or fieldwork
Award: $500
Deadline: March 1
Raney Fund Award
Funds for ichthyologists for museum or lab work, travel, or fieldwork
Award: $150 - $1000
Deadline: March 15

Supports society members for any aspect of research in mammalogy, except travel to meetings.
Award: up to $1000
Deadline: March 1
Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship in Mammalogy and American Society of Mammalogists Fellowship in Mammalogy
Supports society members (1 of each per year). Applicants must be enrolled as graduate students in the United States and be engaged in research in any area of mammalogy.
Award is approximately $3,000-3,500 and $6,000, respectively.
Deadline: March 1
A list of potential funding sources for mammalogists: (revised Nov 2000)

AMERICAN WILDLIFE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.(Information not verified since 1998)
Maurice M. Alexander, Secretary
4039 Tanner Rd. RD#2
Syracuse, NY 13215
Supports research that contributes to restoration, protection, and conservation of natural resources (including wildlife). Favors awarding "seed" money to get larger grants.
Award: $1000
Deadline: July 15

ABS Student Research Grant
Supports grad students who are ABS members.
Award: $1000 maximum
Deadline: January 25

Supported eight doctoral students in 2001 to conduct research in national parks. The 2001 competition focused on four research topics within the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences. The research topics were of critical importance to the management of the National Park System and selected by the National Park Service.
Award: $25,000/year for up to 3 years
Deadline: June 1, 2001. Winners will be announced in early August

List of funding and job opportunities.
Forrest Shreve Desert Research Fund
Provides money for research in hot deserts.
Award: $1,000 - $2,000
Deadline: July 15

Entomology Awards for Graduate and Postdoctoral Students
The Entomological Society of America awards the following:
1) Undergraduate Scholarships - one $2,000 scholarship and three $1,500 scholarships are available to students interested in entomology.
2) Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Grant - $1,000 to a postdoctoral member of ESA who has at least 1 year of work experience and is doing research in the area of insect control by attractants, repellents, or biological, thermo, or chemical controls. Second priority is given to students working in insect control of medical/veterinary importance.
3) Jeffery P. LaFage Graduate Student Research Award - provides up to $2,000 for graduate student research on the biology or control of pests in the urban environment.
4) Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Research Award - a plaque and grant awarded to a graduate student in entomology or plant breeding/genetics for innovative research that contributes significantly to the knowledge of plant resistance to insects.
5) Stanley Beck Fellowship - for an undergraduate or graduate student in entomology or related disciplines who is a member of a minority, or has a need based on physical limitations or economic or environmental conditions.

CONTACT: Entomological Foundation, 9332 Annapolis Rd., Suite 210, Lanham, MD 20706.
Telephone: (301) 459-9082.
DEADLINE: 31 May for 1); 1 July for 2), 3), and 4); 1 September 2002 for 5).

Environmental Science Minigrants
EDF is a nonprofit organization that funds proposals related to climate change, toxic chemicals, wetlands, water quality, and other areas. Particularly interested in topics impacting issues of concern to local communities.
Award: $15,000 maximum
Letter of inquiry deadline: mid-December

Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowships
Graduate fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study
Award: $17,000 annual stipend, $5,000 for authorized expenses, and up to $12,000 for tuition and fees
Deadline: mid November

Award restricted to members of SDE/GWIS (membership may be obtained by including $20.00 in membership dues with the fellowship/travel award application)
Eloise Gerry Fellowship Fund
Fellowship awards for graduate research by women in biological, physical, or mathematical sciences.
Award: $2,000-$3,000
Deadline: Dec 1
Applicants must be graduate students or hold PhD from recognized institution.
SDE Fellowship
Supports predoctoral research by women in biological, physical or mathematical sciences.
Award: $1500 - $3000
Deadline: Dec 1

Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences
Supports research in many areas including cell biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, physiology
Award: $15000/year for up to 5 years of support. 80 fellowships each year.
Deadline: mid November

NIH Travel Awards
Supports travel to annual meeting
Award: variable
Deadline: Late July (See grads in Sullivan/Wilson lab for information)

Mayr Travel Grants in Animal Systematics
The Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University awards Ernst Mayr Grants averaging $1,000 to animal systematists for short visits to museums to undertake taxonomic research on neglected taxa. Preference is given to studies that use the MCZ collections.

CONTACT: Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
Telephone: (617) 495-2475.
Fax: (617) 496-6838.
DEADLINE: 15 April 2002.


Drug Abuse Dissertation Research
The National Institute on Drug Abuse will award small grants (R03) to support drug abuse doctoral dissertation research in epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, and women and gender differences. Investigators are encouraged to explore the possible importance of gender differences in their chosen area of study or to explore drug abuse issues specific to women. Special attention will be given to proposals by individuals from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

CONTACT: William Bukoski, Office of the Director, Div. of Epidemiology,
Services, and Prevention Research, NIDA, 6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. 5153,
M/S 9541, Bethesda, MD 20892-9541.
Telephone: (301) 402-1526.
Fax: (301) 443-2636.
DEADLINE: 1 June, 1 October 2002; 1 February 2003.

Individual National Research Service Award
These awards are available at pre- and post-doctoral levels for 1-3 years. Supports research related to human health (interpreted somewhat broadly). Award provides stipend in addition to about $3000 for research and travel.
Deadlines: April 5, Aug 5, Dec 5

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
Proposals whose focus is ecological, evolutionary, or behavioral and proposals to develop or exploit unique instrumental, informational or computational resources for biological research are eligible. Grants usually funded for 24 months, but flexible.
Award: $3000 - $10,000
Deadline: fall


Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education
The NSF will support fellowship programs at academic institutions that enable graduate students and advanced undergraduates in science, math, engineering, and technology to serve in K-12 schools as resources knowledgeable about content and applications within those disciplines. Grants are awarded to academic institutions to support fellowship activities; the institutions are responsible for selecting fellows, partnering with school districts for placement of fellows in schools, and providing appropriate training for fellows. Awards will range from $300,000 to $500,000 per year for 2 to 3 years. NSF 02-042.

CONTACT: Terry Woodin, Div. of Graduate Education, NSF, Rm. 907, 4201
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.
Telephone: (703) 292-8697.
DEADLINE: 1 May for letters of intent; 10 June 2002 for full proposals.

Wildlife Biology Grants for Graduate Students
Sandpiper Technologies awards equipment grants, equipment discount grants, and cash grants to aid graduate students in wildlife biology research. The company specializes in burrow probes, underwater and elevated cameras, and time-lapse surveillance devices.

CONTACT: Ann Christensen, Sandpiper Technologies, 535 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA 95337.
Telephone: (209) 239-7460.
Fax: (209) 239-1571.
DEADLINE: 1 December 2002.

Grants-in-Aid of Research
Awards to support scientific research in any field. Now requires that the applicant's advisor be an active (paying) member of Sigma Xi.
Award: $1000 maximum
Deadline: March 15, October 15

SICB Grants-in-Aid of Research
Provides awards to SICB graduate student members to support research in integrative and comparative biology. Funds purchase of supplies, travel. May receive once during grad tenure.
Award: $1000 maximum
Deadline: November 15
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Awarded by the Division of Invertebrate Zoology to advanced undergrads or beginning grad students, to provide funds for coursework or research at a marine, terrestrial, or freshwater field station.
Award: about $700
Deadline: Early March

Vertebrate Paleontology Fellowship
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annually awards a fellowship to support research by a graduate student in vertebrate paleontology who is within 18 months of completion of a Ph.D. The 2002 award provides $2,500.

CONTACT: Elizabeth McGee, San Jose State University, Dept. of Biological
Sciences, San Jose, CA 95192-0100.
Telephone: (408) 924-5277.
DEADLINE: 19 April 2002.

Supports herpetological research, education, or conservation.
Award: $500 average
Deadline: December 31
List of international funding sources:
Foundations and organizations selected because they are open to international students and professional herpetologists

Various fellowships and internships

Employment, Fellowship, and Scholarship Opportunities for Minorities in Science
SACANAS supports Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for research careers and science teaching professions at all levels


Student Research Grants in Malacology
The Western Society of Malacologists invites applications for grants of up to $1,000 to support student research in malacology. Funds are to be used for actual research costs, which may include field and laboratory equipment, chemicals, photographic supplies, computer time and supplies, microscope usage fees, and research travel costs. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students whose projects are focused primarily on the systematics, biology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, or paleontology of marine, terrestrial, or freshwater mollusks.

CONTACT: Henry Chaney, Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, Santa Barbara Museum
of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
Telephone: (805) 682-4711, ext. 334.
Fax: (805) 963-9679.
DEADLINE: 1 May 2002.

Department of Biological Sciences

1900 Ave. I, Lee Drain Building (LDB) Suite 300
P.O. Box 2116
Huntsville, Texas 77341
Phone: 936.294.1540 Fax: 936.294.3940

DNA electrophoresis showing the inserts in eight different (Escherichia coli) clones. We are cloning promoters from Mycobacterium smegmatis which are active in stationary phase.

Primm Lab

The Steelcolor Shiner (Cyprinella whipplei) is a common minnow that consumes terrestrial and aquatic insects and is an important player in regulating nutrient dynamics in stream ecosystems.

Hargrave Lab

Habitat assessment and inventories of small mammal populations.

Thies Lab

Reconstructing the paleoenvironment of northwestern Botswana by comparing indigenous species with fossil material excavated from two cave systems.

Thies Lab

The orangethroat darter (Etheostoma spectabile) is a common darter that consumes benthic grazing invertebrates affecting a stream primary productivity and creating a trophic cascade within an aquatic ecosystem.

Hargrave Lab

A collaboration with Dr. Howard K. Reinert at the College of New Jersey to investigate habitat use of the Boa constrictor which has recently invaded the island of Aruba. Potential niche overlap could become a concern for the conservation of the endangered Aruba Island Ratttlesnake.

Lutterschmidt Lab

Rhodobacter sphaeroides, a purple photosynthetic bacteria, whose genome has been completely sequenced and fully annotated.

Choudhary Lab

Methyl green agar plates for examining whether microorganisms synthesize and secrete DNAse enzymes which degrade extracellular DNA for nutrient acquisition.

Primm Lab

The desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) of California's and Mexico's Peninsular Ranges is a federally listed endangered species. Physiological adaptations allowing this large mammal to survive desert conditions are studied in Turner's lab.

Turner Lab

A chromatogram of DNA sequences from various clones.

Choudhary Lab

A gregarine (Nubenocephalus secundus) parasitizing the midgut epithelium of the blue-ringed dancer (Argia sedula). This is one of many new gregarine species described from an investigation for the biodiversity of these aquatic insect parasites.

T. Cook Lab

Parental feeding rates to nestlings are monitored at nests of Carolina Wrens as part of a study on parental investment strategies.

Neudorf Lab

A unicellular bi-flagellated alga (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) is a model organism for studying the inctracellular signaling mechanisms that control movement of eukaryotic cilia and flagella.

Gaillard Lab

A genus of parasitic plants (Harveya) depends entirely on its hosts for water, minerals, and photosynthates. Such plants are of unique interest in molecular evolution and systematics.

Randle Lab

A fossil jaw of a gerbil lying outside of Gcwhihaba cave, Botswana. Gerbils are important indicators for paleoenvironmental reconstruction in the region.

Lewis Lab

A radio-tracked female Northern Cardinal as part of a study on extra-pair mating strategies.

Neudorf Lab

The white-tailed deer persists in historic home ranges despite encroaching development. Studies of urbanization influences fecundity, distribution, enzootic and epizootic disease, and parasites are of interest.

Turner Lab

Chromatophore is the photosynthetic apparatus of R. sphaeroides which allows this organism to harvest light energy.

Choudhary Lab

Female timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) demonstrate seasonal differences in baseline and stress-induced hormone responses due to reproductive condition. Corticosterone is significantly higher in gravid females due to stressors related to reproduction.

Lutterschmidt Lab

By examining what causes variation in modern African rodents, like this gerbil, we can better understand how environments have changed where we find their fossil ancestors.

Lewis Lab

A population of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells exhibiting phototaxis, migration toward light. Some pharmacological agents inhibit phototaxis by inhibiting flagellar motility of the cells.

Gaillard Lab

Species-specific mange mite recorded for the first time in Texas from 6-year-old male white-tailed deer. Infection of the deer may be related to effects of crowding in rural/urban deer herds.

Turner Lab

The southern redbelly dace (Phoxinus erythrogaster) is a common stream minnow that consumes benthic algae, playing an important role in the regulation of periphyton biomass in small headwater streams.

Hargrave Lab

Male Northern Cardinals are banded and measured as part of a study of extra-pair mating behavior.

Neudorf Lab

We are investigating the reproductive timing and potential of the Boa constrictor which has recently invaded the island of Aruba and has become a concern for the conservation efforts of the endangered Aruba Island Rattlesnake.

Lutterschmidt Lab

Distribution, abundance, and reproduction of rural/urban deer herds are a growing concern in southeast Texas. Habitat impacts relative to human encroachment and high deer populations are being studied by Turner's lab.

Turner Lab

A large lineage of small moths (Gelechioidea) remains poorly known in the Nearctic, with only 30% of its species described. Modern morphological and molecular systematics are used with behavioral and ecological data to study and infer systematic relationships.

Bucheli Lab

A gregarine (Nubenocephalus secundus) parasitizing the intestine of the blue-ringed dancer (Argia sedula) by attaching to the epithelium with a long slender epimerite and a wide "suction cup"-like protomerite at its anterior.

T. Cook Lab

The reptile fauna from northwestern Botswana, including this chameleon, is helping us better understand how and why the climate has changed in this region over the last two million years.

Lewis Lab

This neotropical hemipteran (Neoplea absona) in the family Pleidae was a specimen used to revise the genus. Pleids, or pygmy backswimmers, are predators of micro-crustaceans in stagnant waters.

J. Cook Lab

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