Considering Ornithology Research
research team is a group of dedicated students who study bird
biology. Many of my former research assistants have gone on to
medical school, dental school, veterinary school, or graduate
school. You don't have to plan to become an ornithologist to
be part of the team. However, you do have to have an interest
in birds and a willingness to work hard.
students who are interested in the team to come to a lab meeting.
We have them most Fridays. You can talk to my students about
their projects, learn about what it is like to be part of the team,
and talk to me about your interests and the projects that we expect
to be working on for the next few years.
team and I do actively collect data, but much of the research during
the academic year involves computer work with data files that have
already been collected.
first semester or two in my lab, new students are asked to help with
many of the routine tasks associated with banding data, including
comparing the raw data to the computerized versions. New
students are often assigned to a more experienced student to shadow
their activities and learn our software programs and our procedures.
After about a year in the lab, students are generally given the
opportunity to take the lead on a specific project. Students
who want to do research, but can't commit to being the lead on a
project, may work as a co-investigator with another student.
have worked in my lab for at least one semester can apply for CEEP
funding. These are competitive research grants to pay students
for their time working with faculty members.
If you are
interested in considering the Morris team, please contact me
firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not
committing to join the team by attending a meeting, and I encourage
students to visit several labs to make sure that they are joining a
team that fits them well. Research mentors have different
styles and processes and it is important to feel comfortable in the
group you join.
If you are
interested in research, but not in my lab, please look at the
posters in the hallway to see what the different labs are doing.
Most faculty in the department are involved in research projects
with students and most accept new students each year.