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Prospective lab members at all stages should know about The University of Colorado's support for diverse students. Check this site out for more information.
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Summer research positions are currently CLOSED. Check back here in Jan or Feb!
Are you interested in gaining research experience as part of the Safran lab summer field crew? Each summer we hire one or more undergraduates to help us with field data collection on barn swallows. We are currently soliciting applications to fill 3-4 spots on the field crew, and will begin reviewing applicants in early January 2023. Winter break is a great time to look into the opportunity and put together your application!
We are looking for dedicated CU undergraduate students that will work well as part of a team and independently on studies of wild barn swallows. We are conducting multiple projects on behavior, breeding biology, and urban adaptation. Our work happens every day, mid-May through August, at odd hours and we expect our students to take on a large amount of responsibility collecting data and being part of our research. Because of these things, we take the process of selecting the students who will be part of summer field crew very seriously.
Our work involves early mornings, late nights and sometimes long field days (if you don't like the sound of 3:30am, probably best to not apply). Field assistants learn how to monitor nests, observe adult birds, and handle, band, and collect data on nestlings at several field sites. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions this summer, field assistants will likely learn to capture and handle adult barn swallows and take different measurements. Previous experience handling and capturing songbirds, or participating in any field research, is a plus but not required.
Being on a summer field crew is a full time PAID position. If you are selected, we will work with you to apply for summer funding through the UROP program, or NSF REU program if eligible. You will work hard, but it will also be a fun and rewarding summer experience!
To apply, please complete this short application and send an e-mail to heather.kenny[at]colorado.edu with the subject line ‘Summer field crew application’ with your resume and the name and email of a professional reference (preferably an EBIO TA or faculty).
We invite inquiries from highly motivated and engaged students whose research interests overlap with those of our group. For more information, please email Becca an introductory message along with a statement of your research interests and copy of your CV.
Please also see our department's website for information about graduate program (including the application process).
Prospective Grad students: please check out the Colorado Diversity Initiative Program here at the University of Colorado!
There are several opportunities to fund your postdoctoral work in our lab. Please get in touch with Becca to explore these!
This site has a pretty good list of postdoctoral fellowship opportunities.