Undergraduate Students

We can nearly always find space for motivated undergraduates. Research options in the lab range from volunteering and BIOL4905 course credits to senior theses for the degree with distinction, the honors certificate, or the neuroscience certificate. Theses and independent research credits work best when a student can commit to two semesters or more. Applications for paid internships are usually possible twice a year. Interested students should email Dr. Dunlap to discuss options and possible research topics.

COVID-19 Changes: We do still have research opportunities available in the lab for Fall 2020. Because of requirements of physical distancing, much of our data collection has shifted to remote work. This is possible because we have a large amount of video and image analysis projects available for work with both bees and flies. We also have a limited number of projects possible on campus, with the flies.

High School Students

We welcome high school students during the summer as part of the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program and as part of the Jennings High School science internship program through UMSL’s Harris Center and College of Arts and Sciences. During the regular school year, seniors taking a research class may also join research projects as we have space. Although some projects involve video and image analysis that can happen anywhere, some time in the lab at UMSL is usually required. We are waiving this on-campus requirement given the changes from COVID-19; remote data collection and participation in projects is still possible during Fall 2020.

Graduate Students

The biology department of the University of Missouri- St. Louis grants both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Doctoral students applicants need to have their complete applications in during January, with the program starting the following August. Please check the department website for the most accurate date. Masters students can graduate with either a thesis or a non-thesis degree, and admissions happen on a rolling basis. You can find more information about the program here. Please contact Dr. Dunlap if you are interested in joining the graduate students in the lab. Also definitely feel free to email any of the current or former students about what it is like being a student in the lab.