Research opportunities for undergraduates take many forms and are funded (or unfunded) in many ways. Students may work on semi-independent research projects with federal support (e.g., NSF’s REU program) or with no financial support but with the benefit of gaining college credit. Many other less-independent opportunities for gaining research training come through employment in labs on extramural research grants to the professor. Sometimes I advertise for openings in my lab; at other times I just ask students who I know (usually from class); and occasionally students inquire directly on their own. Students may work directly for me, but in most cases they are affiliated with one of my graduate students’ research project. If you are interested in gaining more training in aquatic sciences and have a strong academic background, contact me in person or send me an email message.
–James H. Thorp