We are frequently looking to recruit ambitious, highly qualified graduate students into our group. Students in the lab are typically given wide latitude to design their own thesis projects, provided the projects fall within the general scope of our research. While thesis projects are never simply assigned or handed to students in our lab, there often are nascent ideas or preliminary experimental findings that can be used as a launching point for a thesis. If you think you might want to consider doing graduate work with us, you are encouraged to send Dr. Lazzaro an email describing your background and interests even before submitting your graduate school application.
Our lab takes students through four different graduate training Fields: Genetics, Genomics & Development, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Entomology, and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Fields are Cornell's cross-departmental graduate training programs. The structure of graduate training varies slightly across the Fields, including differences in required coursework and whether or not laboratory rotations are available. There is considerable intellectual and social exchange among students in different Fields, so Field membership has very little impact on day-to-day life in the lab.
Please note that all graduate applications must be submitted through the Cornell Graduate School, and that final admissions decisions are made by faculty committees in each Field. Application deadlines are typically in December, although they vary slightly by Field and from year to year. Mid-year applications are almost never considered.
Postodoctoral research positions may be available in the lab depending on our funding situation and the background and interests of the applicant. Inquiries about postdoctoral research can be sent directly to Dr. Lazzaro. Please include a CV and a brief statement of research background and interests with your message. Postdoctoral research can be conducted in any area relevant to the overarching research themes in the lab.
Opportunities for undergraduate research experience are sometimes available in the lab. Undergraduate researchers in our lab typically work closely with a more senior member of the group. Students who demonstrate particular reliability and dedication may earn the opportunity to conduct research more independently, including projects that may be used to earn Research Honors at graduation. Students interested in undergraduate research experience should contact Dr. Lazzaro directly.