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We are usually looking for highly-motivated, hard-working, and scientifically curious undergraduate students (including workstudy) to do research in the lab or curatorial work in the Burke Museum's Paleobotany Collections. Both are opportunities to learn about the scientific process and how to work with paleontological collections. Undergraduates doing research learn broadly applicable techniques such as microfossil prep, microscopy, and imaging analysis. Specific research projects are listed with the Undergraduate Research Program, but we also welcome students with a broad interest in paleobotany/paleoecology. We expect students to volunteer for 1-2 quarters to become familiar with the methods used in the lab before starting an independent project or receiving credit for research.
To apply to do research, send materials directly to the PI; for collections work, send to Paleobotany Collections Managers Ron Eng (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Meredith Rivin (email@example.com). Please include: (1) cover letter with a paragraph describing your interest in the lab/project, your student status, and time commitment, and (2) Curriculum Vitae. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.
Prospective Graduate Students
Strömberg Lab graduate students work on diverse topics in paleoecology, paleobotany, and evolutionary biology, generally within the main research themes of the lab—but often expanding on these themes. Projects are highly integrative, combining paleontological and ecological fieldwork with lab or greenhouse experiments and various analytical approaches. We encourage graduate students to become creative and independent scientists, be proactive about obtaining outside funding for their projects, help mentor undergraduate students in the lab, and communicate their research to the public (e.g., via the Burke Museum).
We accept PhD students through the Biology Department and Earth & Space Science Department; please visit their respective graduate program websites to find deadlines and program requirements. Also contact the PI directly with a cover letter that outlines your background and interest in the lab, and a CV.
Graduate student positions are available for Fall 2018.