Master's and Ph.D. Students

Jessica welcomes applications from prospective graduate students interested in the intersection of aquatic ecosystem science, chemical stressors, and food-web mediated contaminant behavior. Graduate students are formally admitted through the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and UConn’s Graduate School. As prospective students, you should first review the research page on this site to determine whether the research themes and motivating questions resonate with your research interests. If you’re excited about the work that we do, you are encouraged to send Jessica an introductory email outlining how your research interests fit with those of the lab, your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, and your CV. Please be ready to provide contact information for three professional references who know you well and can speak about your preparation for research-intensive graduate training.

There are a number of thoughtful resources to guide your graduate school application and decision making processes. Travel to the Resources page for a collection of advice about finding the right program and making the most of it once you’re there.


Undergraduate Opportunities

Volunteer in the lab (also work study and assistantships): We welcome undergraduates looking to gain early research experience by helping out in the field and lab. Volunteer and work study options are a great way to get involved. Please email Jessica with a brief introduction to your interests and what you hope to gain from your experience in the lab. Occasionally, we will hire undergraduates on paid assistantships (summer and/or academic year). Opportunities will be posted here and on the UConn Student Jobs Board.

Independent research opportunities: We invite undergraduates seeking more in-depth research experiences through independent study and honors theses. UConn’s Office of Undergraduate Research also provides a number of competitive funding mechanisms to support academic year and summer research experiences. Please email Jessica for more information.