|The Community Ecology Lab||Patrick
Department of Biological Sciences &
Program in Environmental Studies
Research is one of the most important aspects of undergraduate education in the sciences and getting involved in research is exciting because each day you have the opportunity to discover something new. If you are interested in aquatic ecology and think you might want to get involved in a research project there are a few guidelines you should be aware of.
(1) I expect students to make a commitment of at least 2 semesters.
(2) Students should plan to begin working on a project during their sophomore or junior year. Your senior year is not the best time to start thinking about acquiring research experience.
(3) Each student will be expected to write a research proposal, collect and analyze data, write-up results in scientific paper format, and present results at the annual STEM Symposium.
(4) I will work closely with you to make sure your project is successful, but I also expect you to put in significant amount of effort.
All the work we do will be targeted for publication but at the very least our projects should be appropriate for presentations at regional and national scientific meetings and students will be encouraged to attend. Scientific meeting are actually quite enjoyable and a great way to meet potential graduate advisers.