The Laboratory of Organismal Biology hosts undergraduate summer internships through the Department of Biology B-SURP program, the Bio-X interdisciplinary program, and the Wu Tsai NeURO fellowship program. These programs give Stanford undergraduates the opportunity to intern in the lab for 10 weeks working on an independent project. These programs also offer multiple social and educational opportunities. Applications to this program are due in December (Bio-X), January (Biology), and February (NeURO).
Non-Stanford students from underrepresented groups in science that are interested in summer research can apply through the SSRP-AMGEN program.
Community college students: We want you! We currently have funds from the National Science Foundation to support two students from local community colleges each summer.
Stanford students interested in pursuing research projects throughout the academic year should contact Professor O'Connell. We do not offer unpaid internships as this promotes socioeconomic divides in science. Students are either paid for their work in the laboratory or receive class credit.
We are particularly interested in working with undergraduate students from groups historically excluded from STEM fields, first generation college students, and community college students.
Past Interns & Projects
Marina Luccioni (Stanford University) - Chemical ecology of nightmare fish
Ela Diffenbaugh (Stanford University) - Epigenetic imprints of nicotine during development
Jordan McKinney (Stanford University) - Neural basis of aggression in tadpoles
Christopher Jackson (Stanford University) - Piloting open field tests in poison frogs
Sarah Ludington (Stanford University) - Role of FOXP2 in tadpole communication
Jordan McKinney (Stanford University) - Nonapeptide regulation of tadpole behavior
Jules Wyman (Stanford University) - Optimization of fecal sample barcoding to assess diet in poison frogs
Aditya Iyer (Indian Institute of Science, Khorana Scholarship) - Tadpole diet and toxicity
Harmony Alvarez (Stanford University) - Dopamine and tadpole aggression
Travis Ramirez (Stanford University) - Spatial memory in Dendrobates tinctorius
Siyuan (Lily) Cheng (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) - Plasticity in poison frog paternal care
Javon Mullings (Wheaton College) - Sex determination in poison frogs
Stephanie Caty (Harvard University) - Toxicity in Oophaga sylvatica
Jason Millington (University of Nottingham) - Role of neuropeptides in poison frog paternal care
Mia Bertalan (Harvard University) - Characterization of the skin microbiome on Oophaga sylvatica
Sitara Chapman (Wellesley College) - Divergence of early cell division programs in poison frog embryos