Student Opportunities

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Graduate students

Studying at the Duke Lemur Center is a once in a lifetime experience! We encourage graduate students to become involved in research at the DLC, either as their own PI or as a Research Assistant on their advisor’s protocol. To offer financial support to Duke graduate students who pursue research at the DLC, we have established the DLC Director’s Fund.

See below for funding opportunities.

Undergraduate students

The DLC is dedicated to providing research opportunities for motivated undergraduate students looking to gain experience. For those particularly interested in primate behavior, ecology, and cognition and who do not have a faculty mentor, the DLC has created two opportunities:

Field research internship: This program serves to introduce students to lemur research and data collection, specifically aimed at benefiting undergraduate students who have no prior research experience and/or do not have a faculty mentor. The Research Intern program is offered year-round, but is most structured in the summer with each intern completing and presenting an independent project. For additional information and to apply, please contact the Research Manager (Dr. Erin Ehmke, erin.ehmke@duke.edu)

Duke work-study:  For those students eligible for Duke work study. Please contact Meg Dye, Student Project Coordinator (meg.dye@duke.edu) to inquire about openings and for additional information.

In addition, several Duke professors, graduate students, and postdocs regularly accept volunteers as Research Assistants to collect data for ongoing projects at the DLC. Experienced undergraduate students and those working under a faculty mentor are encouraged to submit proposals for their own independent study and are eligible to apply for the Molly Glander Research Award.

See below for funding opportunities.

Duke classes at the DLC

6339_3DH1244_research internsThe unique educational opportunities available to undergraduate students at Duke are unparalleled. Students are often found out in the natural habitat enclosures trailing their study subjects or in a laboratory setting discovering secrets long-held by these endangered species. Below is a listing of just a few of the courses currently offered through Duke’s Department of Evolutionary Anthropology that partner with the DLC:

544L (244L) – Methods in Primate Field Ecology

200+-level course in behavior or ecology. Primate taxa as ecologically adaptive radiations. Survey of field methods used in the study of primate ecology, including the habitat assessment, mapping, and behavioral observations using computer technology. Laboratory includes observations of primates at the Duke Lemur Center.

344L (144L) — Primate Field Biology

Survey of field methods used to document primate behavior; development of research project; data analysis and writing of formal research articles; lab includes observations of free-ranging primates at the Duke Lemur Center. Students work outside and need a current TB test. Transportation is provided.

393 (193) – Research Independent Study

Individual, hypothesis-driven, research; data collection and data analysis culminating in a substantive written report. Open to qualified students who, before being given permission to register, must submit to the faculty advisor and DUS a written proposal outlining the area of study and listing the goals and meeting schedule.

460 (292) — Research in Cognitive Evolution

Independent Study in the Brian Hare Lab

495S (293S) – Advanced Research in EvAnth

Advanced research in an EvAnth-related topic, typically leading to Graduation with Distinction. This course includes a one-hour weekly seminar on topics such as hypothesis testing, research design, data analysis, and writing up preliminary data. Students are also expected to complete original research (equivalent to an independent study) during the semester.

Take Uber to the Lemur Center!

Duke will cover the cost of Duke-related trips to and from the Lemur Center for students and employees through the 2016-17 academic year. Get started using the Duke Lemur Center Uber ride by visiting https://parking.duke.edu/buses_vans/uber/. Here’s how to access a fare-free ride:

The ride must begin and end within boundaries on West, Central or East campuses.

Rides must take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week, with Saturday service until 8:30PM.

Uber accounts must be registered with a Duke.edu email address.

Visit parking.duke.edu/uber to agree to an electronic waiver and release form, which will then provide a discount code to cover the cost.

Enter the code in the “Promotions” menu of the app.

Funding opportunities

Duke Lemur Center Director’s Fund (graduate students)

Intent of Award

Awards are intended to support Duke University graduate students during the course of their Ph.D. program. Budgets of up to $500 are available for students who wish to collect preliminary data, with the intent that these data will support strong proposals for external funding. The monies must be used for research to be conducted at the Duke Lemur Center, either with the living, fossil, or tissue-bank collections. Allowable budget items include supplies, animal-use or other collection-related fees, equipment, and core facility fees (e.g., DNA sequencing facilities). These awards do not support tuition, salary, or stipends. Students are eligible for only one award during their graduate career.

How to Apply

Applications should be made directly to DLC Director Dr. Anne Yoder (anne.yoder@duke.edu). When submitting, please cc Research Manager Dr. Erin Ehmke (erin.ehmke@duke.edu). Proposals should be no longer than 3 single-spaced pages (excluding references, figures, tables, and budget page). A successful proposal will describe the research topic to be addressed, the significance of the topic, why the topic is best addressed through use of the Lemur Center collections, and the anticipated application of the data to be collected. For example, are the data necessary for the student’s successful application for an NSF DIG?

Award Reporting

A yearly report is expected until the project is completed. Upon completion, a final report must be submitted. All publications that result from the supported research should acknowledge support from the Duke Lemur Center.

Final Note

Apply, apply, apply! Writing proposals is good for your soul (and your career!).

Molly Glander Award (undergraduate students)

The Molly Glander Award was established to encourage and support involvement of undergraduate students in research projects at the DLC. Grants will be awarded to undergraduate students who are engaged in an approved research project at the DLC, with priority given to Duke University students.  Eligible students must have an approved protocol, a submitted protocol, or must be approved to work under an approved professor’s protocol. A one- time award of $200-$300 can be used to cover DLC research fees, project supplies, and/or equipment. Please contact the DLC Research Manager (Dr. Erin Ehmke, erin.ehmke@duke.edu)  for an application and more information.

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