Undergraduate Research  in Dr. Tonia Schwartz’s Laboratory


To apply to work in my laboratory, please send me the following so I can assess whether you are a good fit for the lab.

1.  An CV or resume detailing your past work and research experiences.

2.  A cover page (2-3 paragraphs) explaining:  

  • why you are interested in doing research, and why you think your interest fit with my laboratory.

  • the type of project you would like to work on (see the Research link).

  • the type of skills you would like to obtain: bioinformatics, molecular lab bench skills (working with DNA/RNA), organismal (working with mice, reptiles, Daphnia), writing & synthesizing literature, etc.)


Expectations for Research Credit: BIOL4980

  • Approximate hours of work per week: 

    • 5 hours per week for 2 credits,

    • 7 hours per week for 3 credits,

    • 9 hours per week for 4 credits.


  • Days / hours of work will be decided on based on the hours that work for both you and your immediate mentor.

  • Time conflicts and make-ups should be discussed as early as possible.

  • You are expected to participate in the weekly laboratory meeting.

  • You are expected to attend the weekly Biological Sciences Departmental Seminar

  • You will keep a laboratory notebook (either hardcopy or electronic) that is updated and orderly.

  • At the end of the semester, you will submit a 2-5 page summary describing the research problems that you were working on, work that you did toward those problems, and the techniques that you learned

  • You will be graded on your participation, the quality of the data you collect, the quality of your laboratory notebook, and the Final summary


Independent Research Projects

If you are interested in doing a longer term research project with more independence. I encourage you to look into a fellowship for a year, or a summer.

Auburn University, Undergraduate Research Fellowships: http://www.auburn.edu/undgres/fellowship.php











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