Most of our lab’s research is conducted overseas, so undergraduates are most likely to help out organizing, cleaning, and analyzing field data. In the past this has ranged from: pulling off parameters of recorded bat echolocation calls using sound analysis software; digitizing wing tracings to derive wing morphology parameters; digitizing skull images to derive skull morphology parameters; classifying cell types from blood or vaginal smears; cross checking and entering field data; finding research papers and adding them to a reference management system.
Currently there is no financial support for undergraduate students from the lab, however, you can:
- Take undergraduate research for credit with Dr Kingston. I only accept students taking the 3 credit-hour option, and you can only do this for two semesters. For a 3 credit hour course at least 10 hours a week of work in the lab are expected. You will most probably be working directly with on of my PhD students, undertaking the kinds of projects described above. We have had over 80 undergraduates join the lab this way over the years, and most find it a rewarding experience.
- If you are a student in the Honors College, you can apply to the Honors College Undergraduate Research Scholars program, which provides an hourly stipend for 20 hrs a week, for a 2 semester project
- If you have worked in the lab for at least 3mo, you can apply to the TTU/HHMI Undergraduate Research Scholar Program.
Before you consider applying for fellowships or registering credit you must meet with Dr Kingston to discuss possible projects.