New students typically start out learning the basics of animal husbandry and laboratory functioning. Often the more senior students take the lead in training newbies. During this time, you will learn the biological background information, daily maintenance, feeding schedules, environmental conditions, and animal handling skills for all of our research animals. Once you have demonstrated proficiency, you may be assigned specific roles or species.
Depending upon your interests, grades, reliability, and enthusiasm, you may then be offered opportunities to initiate independent or collaborative research projects. Students have written grant proposals and publish scientific articles. Additionally, you may be offered the opportunity to get involved in field work in North Carolina. Several students have spent consecutive summers living in the Outer Banks conducting research.
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