Thank you for your interest in the undergraduate research opportunity for investigating various ecological and evolutionary aspects of Drosophila aggression. This is a great opportunity to learn about Drosophila behavior and contribute towards addressing some very exciting questions from ecological, evolutionary, organismal and neurological standpoints. Additionally, you’ll learn about systematic data acquisition, management and analysis. A significant research contribution will earn you a co-authorship on any publication(s) that will result from your work.
Although research can be a very rewarding experience for the right individual, it is often very repetitive and may quickly get boring if you lose sight of the bigger picture. Your task for this volunteer position will primarily involve setting up aggression assays, scoring behavioral videos and analyzing the behavioral data for each genotype. Each video may take ~2-3 hours to score and there may be anywhere from 60-80 videos to score during 3-4 month period. That’s a LOT of staring at a computer screen.
If you are still interested in applying for this position and if you are available for at least 10 hours per week, please answer the following questions to complete your application: