Undergrads in the Lab
Research Credit: Students can earn credits for contributing to ongoing research projects in the lab, which vary from semester to semester.
- Reach out during add/drop periods. • Signing up for research credits is more flexible than planning to fulfill the experiential learning requirement
- CNRE Advising can help you with the forms.
- Students may eventually present their research (see below)
Letters of recommendationStudents can list graduate student mentors or Dr. Kindsvater as references for jobs, fellowships, or graduate school.
- If a letter is needed, please provide two weeks of notice.
- Dr. Kindsvater needs to know you at least a little to write a letter.
- The strongest letters tend to be written for students that attend lab meeting, and/or engage in AFS or in class.
- Please provide your resume or C.V.
Paid PositionsPaid research opportunities are sometimes available. Please reach out to graduate student mentors for further information.
- Student wage positions are funded by Dr. Kindsvater’s grants and availability depends on funding cycles and needs of graduate students.
- REU positions (over the summer) are commonly held by students in the lab. • These are highly recommended structured research experiences.
- For students with underrepresented identities in STEM (which our department describes here), opportunities at VT include MAOP summer REU positions and Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowships.
• They expand student participation in independent research.
Lab MeetingsStudents in the lab are invited to attend our lab meetings.
- If you are interested in graduate school, regularly attending lab meetings is the best way to understand it is like and to be exposed to research in progress.
- Students that attend lab meeting and get to know us may have the opportunity to receive feedback on job applications, professional presentations, and other research products.
- Sometimes we have donuts and coffee
Poster PresentationsStudents involved in independent research projects usually present a poster.
PublicationsInvolvement in lab projects can eventually lead to authorship on a publication but this is not guaranteed. The path to publishing usually takes a year or more. Students who attend lab meeting regularly will learn more about this process; more information can be found here .