Join the lab!
We’re always excited to talk to students interested in joining the lab. Check out the info below for undergraduates and graduate students. Please contact Dr. Grman via email with a brief description of why you are interested in the lab, a short summary of past research or field experiences (if you have any), an unofficial transcript, and a recent resume or CV.
Currently seeking lab technician:
We are currently seeking a part-time (5-10 hours/week) technician to help with various tasks in the Grman Lab, including soil analyses, data entry, and possibly care of experimental plants. The position is limited to EMU students. Hours are flexible. Pay is $10/hr. To apply, email Dr. Grman your CV/resume (whatever you have) and a cover letter explaining:
For undergraduate students:
Undergraduate researchers in the Grman Lab will be expected to work alongside other lab members to design and implement an independent project as well as contribute to lab projects. You will get support and mentoring at all stages of the research process, from coming up with a feasible project to collecting and analyzing data and presenting our results. You will be strongly encouraged to present the results of your work at the EMU Undergraduate Symposium and to help co-author any publications that arise from our work.
There are a couple of ways to get involved in research in the lab as an undergraduate.
Regardless of the way you get involved, keep in mind that it is difficult, especially in ecology, to complete a meaningful, stand-alone project in a single semester. Research in the lab works best when you commit for at least a year, ideally two or more. During your time in the lab, you can alternate between research for credit and funded research to find a balance that works for your situation.
For graduate students:
Graduate (M.S.-level) students doing thesis research in the Grman Lab will work alongside other lab members to design and implement an independent project as well as contribute to lab projects. You will be encouraged to seek external funding to support your work, such as the EPA STAR Fellowship program. You will be expected to present your work at the EMU Graduate Research Conference and to help co-author any publications that arise from our work.
Students will likely be admitted through Eastern Michigan University’s programs for Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB) or Master of Science in Biology – General (BIOG). It is a good idea to contact Dr. Grman well in advance of application deadlines to begin discussing how your research interests would mesh well with ongoing projects in the lab.