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Information for future lab members


We are looking for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students to join us. For more information, please contact Dr. Engelke.

Undergraduate students

  • Internal undergraduate students…
    – can volunteer to gain experience in primary research.
    – are eligible to do research for course credit (BSC 290 and BSC 303).
    – may participate as an hourly student worker (often during the summer).

Graduate students

General information about ISU’s School of Biological Sciences Graduate Program
In the School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University (ISU), graduate research and education are organized under the umbrella of our Graduate Programs. Graduate students that want to pursue their degree in a lab of the School of Biological Sciences apply to the graduate school. For admission, they should identify potential home labs for their research. We recommend that students get in touch with the principal investigators (PIs) of the labs they are interested in before they apply to ISU graduate school. For questions about the School of Biological Sciences Graduate Program, please contact the Assistant Director for Graduate Studies, Dr. Sadd.

Applications are due on February 1 for admission in the fall of the same year. There are opportunities for financial support for both M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Interest in research in the Engelke lab
Dr. Engelke usually accepts applications for zoom interviews with applicants interested in his lab until the beginning of December for application in the next year.

  • Engelke lab Zoom interview applications for 2023 are now closed.
  • Please send your Zoom interview applications for 2024 in November 2023.

If you are interested in conducting research in the Engelke lab, please write an email of interest to Dr. Engelke and attach your current CV. Transcripts or standardized test scores are optional but not required. In an email not exceeding 300 words, please state if you are applying as a prospective M.S. or Ph.D. Student. Write why you are interested in joining the Engelke lab, why you would be a good fit, and what skills you bring. Inspiration for writing an effective CV can be found, for example, here (

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