Are you excited about ecology or insects and want to work on a project to help improve insect management in agriculture? If you are an enthusiastic and hard working student interested in working in the Isaacs lab for your entomology MS or Ph.D, I encourage you to contact me at isaacsr "at" msu.edu. I typically have 2-3 students in the lab, working on their independent projects and the main limitation is funding rather than potential research ideas. I take on a new student every 1-2 years, and students are encouraged to contact me early in the academic year ahead of when they might consider entering graduate school. This is partly to determine potential overlap between your research interests and future goals and my lab's future research program, and also because deadlines for funding through the NSF, EPA, USDA, and internal MSU funding sources are typically in November and December. See the People page for a list of current students, and I suggest contacting them to learn more about life in our lab, department, and university.
We hire undergraduate students during the summer months to work with us at farms and research stations across Michigan, collecting data, sorting samples, and entering data. The ability to drive a stickshift car is a great help, but not essential. A love of the outdoors, willingness to work in a team, and an interest in insects are all positive attributes of students for these jobs. We typically conduct interviews in March, but if you are interested in learning more, please contact Keith Mason to inquire about positions based out of East Lansing, or Steve Van Timmeren for positions based in west Michigan. Also be sure to check the MSU Venture website for research/employment oppurtunities.
There are currently no positions available.