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Get involved in life sciences research

Not only is it essential to your education — especially if you want to attend graduate or medical school — but it's fun! By working with mentors who are experts in their fields, you'll establish relationships and professional connections that may last a lifetime.

ASU has launched a new platform called Handshake to help you find research opportunities, job openings and internships. Visit the Handshake platform to get started. We are actively adding research opportunities to Handshake, so check the website often.

Open research opportunities

We encourage you to explore this list of available research opportunities. However, this is not a complete list.
Many more faculty members accept student researchers even if they do not advertise specific positions.

To find additional options, search expertise or concentration here. Once you find research you are interested in, contact the specific faculty mentor regarding possible opportunities in their lab.

Course credit for research

If you want to receive course credit for working in a lab, talk with your academic advisor about how to sign-up for BIO/MIC/MBB 310, 495 or 499. If you're considering an off-campus (non-ASU) research experience, ask your advisor about the 484 Internship.

Your internship paperwork is due three weeks before the start of each semester.

Learn more about internships.

Faculty Search by Project Title Information Search by Date
Karmella Haynes The International Genetically Engineered machines (iGEM) PDF icon haynesad.pdf 11 Aug 2016
Arianne Cease, PhD
Rick Overson
Living With Locusts PDF icon cease_lab_advert_plant_nutrient_content.pdf
The effects of plant nutrient content on locust outbreaks.
28 Sep 2017
Arianne Cease, PhD
Rick Overson
Living With Locusts PDF icon cease_lab_advert_locust_nutritional_ecology.pdf
Understanding the evolutionary drivers and trade-offs of locust plague outbreaks.
28 Sep 2017
Qiang Chen, PhD Develop therapeutics and vaccines against west Nile virus in transgenic plants PDF icon chen.pdf 18 Jul 2016
Dan Childers, PhD
Chris Sanchez, Manager
The Wetland Ecosystem Ecology Lab (WEEL) PDF icon weel_solur_listing_-_fall_2017.pdf
The Wetland Ecosystem Ecology Lab (WEEL)
22 Sep 2017
Ayoub Daliri, PhD. Speech and Brain Research Laboratory PDF icon sbrlab-honors_projects.pdf
Speech and Brain Research Laboratory
31 Mar 2017
Thomas (Tad) Day, PhD Carbon Cycle, Microbes & Plant Decay in Deserts PDF icon day.pdf 18 Aug 2016
Boris Decourt, PhD. Apprentice Opportunity - Alzheimer's Research PDF icon apprentice_level_opportunity_2016-11_solur-student-positions.pdf
Apprentice Level SOLUR research opportunity
03 Nov 2016
Shannon Fehlberg, PhD.
Kim McCue, PhD.
Desert Botanical Garden Internship PDF icon ecg_intern_job_description.pdf
Desert Botanical Garden Internship
07 Sep 2017
Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, PhD How do drugs like nicotine alter brain structure? PDF icon gipson-reichardt_lab_undergrad_ra_announcement.pdf 26 Aug 2016
Jon Harrison, PhD Why are there so many mosquitos in Arizona??? PDF icon mosquitos_harrison.pdf 11 Aug 2016
Jon Harrison, PhD Beetle Breath PDF icon beetle_breath_harrison_2016.pdf 18 Aug 2016
Harmella Haynes, PhD iGEM PDF icon haynes.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Peter Jurutka, PhD Molecular Endocrinology of the Vitamin D Hormone and Nutraceuticals in Bone Health and Cancer Chemoprevention PDF icon jurutka.pdf 18 Jul 2016
Kenro Kusumi, PhD Genomic Approaches to Reptile Regeneration and Conservation PDF icon kusumi.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Manfred Laubichler, PhD
Ken Aiello, PhD candidate
Laubichler Lab: The Data Mining and Analytics Team PDF icon laubichler_lab_solur_flyer_2017.pdf
Laubichler Lab: The Data Mining and Analytics Team
18 Aug 2017
Juergen Liebig, PhD, Associate Professor
Tyler Murdock, PhD Candidate, Biology
Myrmecology – The Study of Ants PDF icon flyer_for_ant_care_job_for_undergrads.pdf
Myrmecology – The Study of Ants
11 Oct 2016
Xin Luo, PhD Auditory Implant Lab - Speech & Hearing Science PDF icon researcu_opportunity_-_speech_and_hearing_-luo.pdf
Auditory Implant Lab
12 Dec 2016
Michael Lynch, PhD
Megan Behringer, PhD
Lynch Lab PDF icon lynch_lab.pdf
Lynch Lab
15 Aug 2017
Jane Maienschein, PhD The Embryo Project PDF icon maienschein.pdf
The Embryo Project
18 Jul 2016
Kevin McGraw, PhD
Pierce Hutton
The 'beauty sleep hypothesis' - is sleepy sexy? PDF icon mcgraw-hutton.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Kevin McGraw, PhD
Melinda Weaver
Personality in the city PDF icon mcgraw-weaver.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Kevin McGraw, PhD
Richard Simpson
The Evolution of Hummingbird Coloration and Courtship PDF icon solur_ad.pdf 18 Aug 2016
Kevin McGraw, PhD.
Tuul Sepp, PhD.
The effect of urbanization on the life history of birds PDF icon assistant_ad.pdf
The effect of urbanization on the life history of birds
31 Jan 2017
Stephen Pratt, PhD.
Yohan Cho, graduate student
Ant communication through tough times: Video analysis PDF icon undergraduate_research_opportunity_with_cho.pdf
Ant communication through tough times: Video analysis
15 Nov 2016
Stephen Pratt, Ph.D.
Jon Jackson
How do honey bees guard their colony from other honey bees? PDF icon how_do_honey_bees_guard_their_colony_from_other_honey_bees.pdf
How do honey bees guard their colony from other honey bees?
27 Jul 2017
Stephen Pratt, PhD
Jon Jackson, PhD candidate
How do honey bees guard their colony from other honey bees? PDF icon solur_guarding_advertisement._edited.11.20.2016.pdf
How do honey bees guard their colony from other honey bees?
12 Dec 2016
Stephen Pratt, PhD
Andrew Burchill
Nutritional Decision-making in Ants PDF icon ant_nutrition_ad.pdf
Nutritional Decision-making in Ants
12 Sep 2016
Stephen Pratt, Ph.D.
Kaitlin Baudier, Ph.D.
Swarm aggression between ant colonies PDF icon swarm_aggression_ad.pdf
Swarm aggression between ant colonies
18 Jul 2017
Stephen Pratt, Ph.D.
Gabriele Valentini, Ph.D.
Tracking of ant behavior during colony emigrations PDF icon ant_information_ad.pdf
Tracking of ant behavior during colony emigrations
26 May 2017
Brian Smith, PhD
Christopher Jernigan
Behavioral and neural responses to natural odors in insect model animals PDF icon smith-jernigan.pdf 18 Jul 2016
Brian Smith, PhD
Hong Lei, PhD
Smell of Neuroscience PDF icon smith-lei.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Brian Smith, PhD
Federico Sanabria, PhD
Mouse Olfaction for Investigation of Neurodegenerative Diseases PDF icon smith_lab_su_sp17_18.pdf
Mouse Olfaction for Investigation of Neurodegenerative Diseases
10 May 2017
Heather Throop, PhD Dryland Ecosystem Ecology Research PDF icon throop.pdf 19 Jul 2016
Xuan Wang, PhD Metabolic engineering of microbes for renewable fuels and chemicals production PDF icon wang.pdf 18 Jul 2016
Stuart Wells The Phoenix Zoo & SOLS Conservation Research PDF icon wells-2.pdf
The Phoenix Zoo - A Partner in Conservation
01 Aug 2016
Faculty Search by Project Title Information Search by Date
Heather Bean, PhD Developing Biomarkers for Lung Infections PDF icon bean.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Sara Brownell, PhD
Liz Barnes
Evolution education research in the Biology Education Research Lab! PDF icon brownell.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Sara Brownell, PhD
Christian Wright, PhD
Improving Biology Education: Constructing and Evaluating Biology Tests PDF icon brownell_wright.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Sara Brownell, PhD
Liz Barnes
Explory Biology Education Research PDF icon brownell_barnes.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, PhD
Analissa F. Sarno
Microbial Ecology and the Top Down Effect of Phage in Northern Peatlands PDF icon cadillo-quiroz.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, PhD Diversity and Genomics of Novel Microbes From Terrestrial Ecosystems PDF icon cadillo-quiroz.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, PhD Scientific Journalism in Amazon C cycling PDF icon cadillo-quiroz.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Dan Childers, PhD
Jorge Ramos
Wetland Ecosystem Ecology Lab PDF icon childers-ramos.pdf 12 Apr 2016
James Collins, PhD
Evan Brus
The role of reservoirs in chytridiomycosis and amphibian decline PDF icon collins-brus.pdf 12 Apr 2016
James Collins, PhD The role of reservoirs and nonnative species in chytridiomycosis and amphibian decline PDF icon collins.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Cheryl Conrad, PhD Behavioral Neuroscience Research in Stress PDF icon conrad.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Tad Day, PhD Microbes and leaf decomposition in the Sonoran Desert PDF icon day.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Thomas (Tad) Day, PhD Role of microbes and sunlight in carbon cycling in deserts PDF icon day.pdf 18 Aug 2016
Pierre Deviche, PhD Dinner in town: variation in avian foraging behavior and nutritional quality along an urban gradient PDF icon deviche_2.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Jared Dickenson, PhD Molecule regulation of skeletal muscle adaptaion in response to exercise and nutrients PDF icon dickinson.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Jennifer Fewell, PhD
Brian Haney
Maternity Testing in Ants: Are You My Mother? PDF icon fewell-haney.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Guanyang Zhang, PhD
Digital photographing of weevils from Panama and the Caribbean PDF icon franz_zhang_1.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Guanyang Zhang, PhD
Molecular phylogenetics of weevils PDF icon franz_zhang_2.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Guanyang Zhang, PhD
Field research: weevil diversity survey in Southwestern US PDF icon franz_zhang_3.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Brian Reily
Effects of Grasshopper Treatment on Non-target Rangeland Arthropods PDF icon franz-reily.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Nico Franz, PhD Conflict and Ambiguity in Phylogenetic Trees PDF icon franz.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Nico Franz, PhD Endosymbiotic bacteria in weevils: diversity, phylogeny and genetics PDF icon franz.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Guanyang Zhang, PhD
Molecular phylogenetics of Caribbean weevils PDF icon franz-zhang_1.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD Insect Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Informatics PDF icon franz.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Sangmi Lee, PhD
Moths of Arizona: digitization, taxonomic key, and checklist PDF icon franz-lee.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Andrew Jansen
Taxonomic revision of a southwestern U.S. Weevil Genus PDF icon franz-jansen.pdf 27 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Melody Basham, EdD
Outreach Position PDF icon franz-basham.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Andrew Johnston
Molecular phylogenetics of Eleodes pinacate beetles PDF icon franz-johnston_1.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Melody Basham, EdD
Outreach Position II PDF icon franz-basham_2.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Andrew Johnston
Insect rearing of Eleodes pinacate beetles PDF icon franz-johnston_2.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Andrew Johnston
Comparative Biodiversity between Sonoran and Mojave Desert Mountain Ranges PDF icon franz-johnston-2.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Guanyang Zhang, PhD
Cuban weevils: digitization, taxonomic key, comparative morphology PDF icon franz-zhang_2.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Nico Franz, PhD
Andrew Johnston
Elaeodes Biodiversity Informatics - Geographic Distribution Modeling PDF icon franz-johnston-1.pdf 01 Aug 2016
Amelia Gallitano, PhD Schizophrenia Neuroscience PDF icon gallitano_0.pdf 19 Jul 2016
Amelia Gallitano, MD, PhD Research on the Molecular Mechanisms of Schizophrenia PDF icon gallitano.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Richard Gerkin, PhD Quantitantive Olfaction: Physiology, Perception and Behavior PDF icon gerkin.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, PhD Neurobiology and Behavior in Addiction Lab PDF icon gipson-reichardt_.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Shelley Gray, PhD Child Language and Literacy Lab (CHILL) — Investigations of Working Memory, Word Learning, and Reading Processing PDF icon gray.pdf 18 Jul 2016
Jon Harrison, PhD
Megan Garlapow
Testing possible genetic pathways by which oxygen regulates growth PDF icon harrison_garlapow.pdf 19 Aug 2016
Jon Harrison, PhD
Teddy Cogley
But its a Dry Heat . . . . PDF icon harrison_cogley.pdf 19 Aug 2016
Jon Harrison, PhD
Jacob Campbell
Oxygen - who needs it?? PDF icon harrison_campbell.pdf 19 Aug 2016
Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, PhD Studying host-pathogen interactions at the reproductive mucosa using cell-based and molecular biology techniques PDF icon herbst-kralovetz.pdf 01 Jun 2016
Bertram L. Jacobs, PhD Virus host interactions: how your immune system responds to viral infections PDF icon jacobs.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Kenro Kusumi, PhD Comparative Genomic Analysis of Regeneration of Musculoskeletal Evolution PDF icon Kusumi.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Zoe Lacroix, PhD Predicting the impact of point mutation on Protein Structure PDF icon lacroix_protein.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Zoe Lacroix, PhD BIPASS: Bioinformatics pipelines alternative splicing services PDF icon lacroix_bipass.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Juergen Liebig, PhD Sensory Physiology of Termites PDF icon liebig_sensory.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Juergen Liebig, PhD Foundations of Termite Caste Determination PDF icon liebig_termite.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Kevin McGraw, PhD Bold urbanites and shy hillbillies: do city birds have unique personalities? PDF icon mcgraw.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Kevin McGraw, PhD
Melinda Weaver
Personality in the City: What environmental factors affect urban bird behavior? PDF icon mcgraw-weaver.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Susanne Neuer, PhD
Kyle Kinzler
Arctic sea ice algae PDF icon neuer-kinzler.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Kiona Ogle, PhD
Jessica Guo
Hungry or Thirsty: Relating sugar content and water status of desert plants PDF icon ogle_guo.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Kiona Ogle, PhD Plant and Ecosystem Function PDF icon ogle.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Stephen Pratt, PhD
Peter Marting
Collective personality in tropical ant colonies: video analysis PDF icon pratt-marting.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Stephen Pratt, PhD
Jon Jackson
How do honey bees collectively decide to build a drone comb? PDF icon pratt_jackson.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Shalini Sharma, PhD Role of splicing pathway mutations in hematopoietic malignancies PDF icon sharma.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Yixin Shi, PhD Regulatory mechanisms associated with bacterial pathogenicity PDF icon shi.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Brian Smith, PhD
Christina Burden
Sublethal Effects of Heavy Metal Pollutants on Beneficial Insects Such as the Honey Bee PDF icon smith_burden.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Brian Smith, PhD
Christopher Jernigan
Plasticity of Colony Defense and Alarm Pheromone Responses in a Stingless bee, Tetragonisca angustula PDF icon smith_jernigan.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Brian Smith, PhD
Jon Harrison, PhD
Meghan Duell
How Does Body Size Miniaturization Impose Physiological and Behavioral Constraints on Stingless Bees? PDF icon smith_harrison_duell.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Juliet Stomberg, PhD Urban riparian plant ecology PDF icon stromberg.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Juliet Stomberg, PhD Endangered plants of Arizona PDF icon stromberg.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Karen Sweazea, PhD Characterizing Avian Vasoreactivity PDF icon s13sweazea.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Jeffrey Trent, PhD
William Hendricks, PhD
Genomics-enabled medicine in pet dogs with cancer PDF icon trent-hendricks.pdf
Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium
12 Apr 2016
Xuan Wang, PhD Metabolic engineering of microbes for renewable fuels and chemicals production PDF icon wang_xuan.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Glen Weiss, MD, MBA Clinical and Translational Cancer Research Project PDF icon weiss.pdf
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Western Regional Medical Center
12 Apr 2016
Stuart Wells The Phoenix Zoo Conservation Center Spring Conservation Internship PDF icon wells.pdf
The Phoenix Zoo Opening
12 Apr 2016
Jeanne Wilson-Rawls, PhD Exploring the role of Numb isoforms in musculoskeletal lineage decisions PDF icon wilson-rawls.pdf 12 Apr 2016
Yi Zhou, PhD Research Opportunity in the Laboratory of Auditory Computation and Neurophysiology PDF icon zhou.pdf 19 Jul 2016