Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduate research assistant positions are regularly available in our lab. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm for insect conservation, ecology, and/or sustainable agriculture. If positions are available, they will be listed on this page. All positions are based in Madison, WI, with summer positions requiring frequent day travel around southern and central Wisconsin (using University vehicles).
Currently available positions:
- We are now hiring paid positions for summer 2023.
- Follow this link for more information: https://gratton.entomology.wisc.edu/2023/01/09/were-hiring-for-summer-2023/
We generally have two types of opportunities available for undergraduate students:
- Semester or full academic year
- Usually unpaid, part-time. Compensation is 1-2 course credits (independent study) for 5-10 hours per week. There may be opportunities for hourly pay (~$15/hour) in future semesters and summers. Students who work with us for a semester or academic year often do so to complete their Biology 152 Independent Project or senior thesis.
- Availability of semester or academic year opportunities is dependent on current projects, but feel free to contact us at any time.
- If you are interested in working in our lab group but unavailability of paid opportunities is a barrier to you gaining research experience, please reach out to us to discuss options. For example, we could apply for undergraduate research funding such as the Hilldale Research Fellowship or Sophomore Research Fellowship. Check out the campus-wide Undergraduate Academic Awards page for additional opportunities.
- Typically paid, full-time. Seasonal field assistants work 30-40 hours/week and are compensated with hourly pay (~$15/hour). Availability of positions is dependent on current research grant funding. These positions begin around June 1, and continue for 10 to 16 weeks (depending on the position).
- We typically start recruiting in February for summer positions, but feel free to contact us at any time. Students will be exposed to a diversity of exciting projects related to the landscape ecology of insects and arthropods in agricultural landscapes.
- We encourage summer field assistants to develop independent research projects that can then be completed during the following Fall semester or academic year.
- Summer positions require a valid US driver’s license and ability to obtain driver authorization from UW Risk Management (see “Requirement Criteria”).
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