Prospective Undergraduate Students

I am actively seeking motivated students who are interested in getting hands-on research experiences in entomology. I am particularly interested in working with those students who would like to pursue a career in biological sciences and go on to graduate program. It is always a good idea to start your career preparation as early as possible. So do not wait until you are a graduating senior to get into research.

There are several areas of research investigated in my lab and students will be exposed to the following laboratory procedures: preparation/dissecting insects, digital imaging, databasing, DNA/RNA-based molecular work, insect rearing and much more. I also conduct major collecting expeditions both domestically and internationally and students can take part in these experiences as well. I expect students to be actively involved in research and participate in scientific conferences to present their research and even publish in peer-reviewed journals!

Interested students should first contact me by email at to make an appointment. You should be ready to tell me specifically why and how you want to be involved in undergraduate research. Typically, undergraduate researchers in my lab start working as part-time student workers (10-20 hrs/week) for some time to determine if working in my lab (and a career in science) is right for them. After this initial “honeymoon” period, students may be presented with an opportunity to be involved in independent research projects.

Honors and Undergraduate Research (HUR) at Texas A&M University has great resources and programs for you to participate in undergraduate research in my lab. For those interested in more structured undergraduate research experience, please take advantage of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.