Prospective Graduate Students

I am actively seeking motivated students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in insect systematics and evolution. Possible areas of research include: insect systematics, morphological and molecular evolution, phenotypic plasticity, behavioral ecology and sexual selection. Because my research primarily focuses on the study of Orthoptera, I prefer to accept students who might be interested in studying this fascinating group of insects, but if you are passionate about other insect orders or other topics in evolutionary biology, I would be more than happy to work with you.

The Song Lab is located at the Biological Control Facility Building in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University and is well-equipped with modern facilities to conduct diverse areas of research, including collection-based, molecular lab-based, behavioral and field-based studies. Our lab also houses the orthopteroid collection of the Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC). Currently, my lab is funded by internal start-up and an NSF grant and I am actively seeking more funding opportunities.

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University is one of the top entomology departments in the United States and offers outstanding graduate programs to prepare students for careers in research, extension, business, or industry. Additionally, a newly established interdisciplinary doctoral program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology offers an excellent opportunity to be trained broadly. Texas A&M University is located in College Station, a small but vibrant college town. College Station is near other major cities in Texas (Houston, Austin, Dallas), making it a central location for cultural diversity.

There are various ways to support your graduate education. Typically, graduate students are supported by graduate research assistantships through their PI's, but graduate teaching assistantships are available as a need-based option. There are also numerous fellowships available for outstanding students to take advantage of. For more information about the graduate program in entomology, please visit the departmental website.

If you are interested in joining my lab, please don’t hesitate to contact me at hsong@tamu.edu. I look forward to working with you!