Join the lab

I accept inquiries on a rolling basis, and encourage prospective students to reach out to well in advance so we can discuss projects and solicit funding. However, joining a lab is a commitment, and it is important to first decide whether research itself, this lab specifically, and the University of Maine are right for you. I encourage you to explore UMaine resources before contacting me.


Undergraduate Researchers

Information on undergraduate research at UMaine, including funding opportunities, can be found here.

I welcome undergraduates with any amount of laboratory or research experience, including zero. For those students that have no experience and just want to find out if they are interested in research, you are welcome to shadow a lab member or try out a few basic things in the lab (with supervision) for a week or so to try it out. If you are interested in staying on, all laboratory training will be provided.

Depending on your interest in research careers, participation in Capstone or other undergraduate research courses, and available time to commit, students may perform lab maintenance and standard protocols in support of other lab members, or may lead an independent student research (literature, experiment, or data analysis) study. I encourage students who want to do their own project to reach out in their sophomore or junior year, to provide sufficient time to conduct and analyze the project.


Graduate Students

Be advised that joining my lab is contingent on applying and being accepted to a graduate program for which I am authorized to take on students. This includes some programs within the School of Food and Agriculture, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Ecology and Environmental Studies, and Microbiology in BMB. For Microbiology, available graduate funding within this program might not apply if I am your mentor as I am only a cooperating faculty there.

Information about the UMaine graduate college, programs, graduate student benefits, and more, can be found here.

Information specific to graduate study in the School of Food and Agriculture is here.

I am interested in mentoring students with a wide range of research interests, and career interests (beyond academia). Please contact me about potential projects based on your career goals.

Masters

Masters of Animal Science program in SFA is thesis-based, and requires research study. Applications are accepted year-round.

Masters of Food Science and Human Nutrition program in SFA is thesis-based, and requires research study. Applications are accepted year-round.

Masters of Ecology and Environmental Sciences in EES is thesis-based and requires research participation. Students need to identify a research mentor and two other committee members to guide their research, curricula, and career development. Applications are rolling but encouraged by Jan 15.

Masters of Microbiology in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences is thesis-based and requires research participation. Students need to identify a research mentor and two other committee members to guide their research, curricula, and career development. Applications are due Jan 15 or Sep 15.

Masters of Professional Studies in Ecology and Environmental Sciences is not thesis-based and requires research participation. Students need to identify a research mentor and two other committee members to guide their curricula and career development. Applications are rolling but encouraged by Jan 15.

Masters of Professional Studies in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences is not thesis-based and requires research participation. Students need to identify a research mentor and two other committee members to guide their curricula and career development. Applications are due Jan 15 or Sep 15.

Doctorate

The Animal and Veterinary Science Department does not confer PhD.s at this time. However, faculty appointments in other departments can allow me to be the primary adviser of PhD students who meld animal/veterinary science and other sciences, such as biology, ecology, microbiology, etc.

Doctorate of Food Science and Human Nutrition program in SFA is thesis-based, and requires research study. Applications are due Jan 31.

Doctorate of Ecology and Environmental Sciences in EES is thesis-based and requires research participation. Students need to identify a research mentor and two other committee members to guide their research, curricula, and career development. Applications are rolling but encouraged by Jan 15.

Doctorate of Microbiology in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences is not thesis-based and requires research participation. Students need to identify a research mentor and two other committee members to guide their curricula and career development. Applications are due Jan 15 or Sep 15.

Doctorate of Biomedical Science in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Applications are accepted year-round for direct-to-lab admits, and Jan 15 to be considered for lab rotations and fellowships.


Postdoctoral Research Associates

Information about postdoc positions at UMaine can be found here, and benefits here.

I am interested in mentoring postdocs with a wide range of research interests, and career interests (beyond academia). Please contact me about potential projects based on your career goals.


Commitment to inclusion

Supporting diversity is an active process that involves both invitation, and support to ensure that the scientific community is and remains an equitable and inclusive place. My lab and its members welcome students from any background, and are particularly interested in supporting students from underrepresented communities. We are committed to improving equity and inclusion in science.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.