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Information for prospective students


Undergraduate opportunities:

We regularly have Indiana University undergraduates participate in independent research, as well as work as research assistants on long-term projects initiated by our graduate students or by Drs. West and King.

During the summer months, we will frequently offer summer support to outstanding undergraduates from other schools that are looking for a research experience in animal behavior. We are especially interested in students from small colleges that have not had the opportunity to work in a lab at a research university.

If you are interested, please send an email to with a copy enclosed to explaining why you are interested in the lab. We also need to know something about you.  At a minimum, we need to know what year you are in, if you have had any prior research experience and your major.  We also would want to know whether you are planning to attend graduate school and in what field.

Prospective graduate students:

The first step is to study this web site carefully. It would be especially useful to investigate the bird research page of this web site. That page along with the related pages offers a great deal of information about the history and current research at the Animal Behavior Farm.  It would also be helpful to read some of the recent publications. After making the effort to study the website, please send an email to with a copy enclosed to explaining why you are interested in the lab and ask some questions about our research or any other aspect of the Animal Behavior Farm. In that email, it is helpful to us if you could tell us about your prior research experiences. As the first step in the process of determining whether the farm offers an appropriate training opportunity for a prospective graduate student, we need to have a substantive email dialog in order to learn about one another. If this dialog is productive, it may lead to our asking you to visit the lab at our expense in order to further explore the possibilities at IU.

We would also encourage you to look at the recent graduate section of the people page as several of our students are looking for graduate students. While our studentsí research is different from ours, the training opportunities are all excellent and conceptually complimentary to our theoretical approach to the study of animal behavior. We believe that the Animal Behavior Farm is not the best choice for all, and that the opportunities offered by our students will, for some students, be a superior alternative.