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Graduate students Jonathan and Shubham searching a local crawfish pond
POSTDOCTORAL AND VISITING SCHOLARS
The Kane Lab is happy to host scholars interested in collaborating on projects! Scholars will most likely need to acquire their own funding to cover expenses. Collaboration on grant-writing opportunities are encouraged!
Interested scholars should contact Dr. Emily Kane and describe why they are interested in the lab and what they hope to gain by working with us.
The Kane Lab and the Biology Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette fully support students wishing to complete both Masters (MS) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees. The lab is always on the lookout for potential graduate students at both levels.
Students should have a desire to contribute to the academic pursuits of the lab. Interests should include one or more of the following: physiology, functional morphology, biomechanics, ecology, evolution, science communication, and outreach. Projects will be designed around current research in the lab. Usually at least 1 chapter of the thesis or dissertation work is directly aligned with lab interests, but students are encouraged to develop and pursue their own interests within this scope for additional chapters.
Tuition and stipend support is available primarily through teaching assistantships, but other opportunities may be available. Funding for research may be available though the principal investigator or the institution, but students will also be encouraged to apply for their own external funding to help support their projects and professional development.
Interaction with both scientists and non-scientists through collaboration, conference attendance, publications, online media, and outreach events is encouraged, and creativity in these efforts will be supported.
Interested students should first review the online information regarding graduate programs in biology and the admission requirements and deadlines. Following this review, students should contact Dr. Emily Kane and describe why they are interested in the lab and what they hope to gain by working with us. This will begin a conversation that will allow me to assess how you might fit in the lab and whether there might be opportunities available. This will also help you further determine if the lab fits your interests.
We are often in need of student volunteers to help with animal care, especially over the summer and during breaks. If you're interested in getting involved, but don't know where to start or what exactly your interests are, this is a great way to meet other students in the lab and start to understand what questions we are asking! You will also receive certifications for working with animals that can be transferred to other labs and potentially other institutions.
As students gain experience and interest in our research projects, there may be opportunities to sign up for research credit, complete an Honors thesis, or engage in other research opportunities. Priority will be given to students who have 2 or more semesters available. Student projects are usually structured based on the current needs of the lab, but the goal is to provide experience and allow students some flexibility to explore their own interests.
The amount of time expected to be dedicated to the lab will vary depending on a student's availability and responsibilities, but at least 3 hours/week are recommended.
Interested students should contact Dr. Emily Kane and describe why they are interested in the lab and what they hope to gain by working with us.