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Graduate students

Thank you for your interest! We're excited to report that the lab is running at full capacity, but this does mean space for new graduate students is limited. To inquire whether we might have space, email Dr. Ravenscraft at alison [dot] ravenscraft [at] uta [dot] edu with your CV and a brief description of your research interests.


Taking on a student represents a significant investment of time and money for a lab, even if the student is a volunteer. Furthermore, you should know that that there are many students competing for a small number of lab spaces. Unfortunately, our lab often doesn't have space to take an additional student.


For all of these reasons, you'll need to put your best foot forwards. Before you email a professor to inquire about a position, read about the lab and its research to assess whether it is a good fit for your interests. In your your email, you should state clearly (1) why you find that lab's specific research interesting, and (2) how joining a lab will contribute to your long term career goals. You should also attach your resume to the email.*

If you sound like a good candidate for Ravenscraft Lab, and if we expect to have sufficient resources to mentor you, we will encourage you to apply to the LSAMP, UROP, or UGRAP programs. You can find more information about these programs here. We are happy to help you with your application(s) to these programs.

LSAMP application (click here):

deadline for Summer: November - February

UROP application (click here):

deadline for Spring: October
for Summer: March
for Fall: March - June

UGRAP application (click here):

deadline for Spring: October

for Summer: March

for Fall: March - June

Getting a spot in the lab can take multiple semesters, but genuine interest and persistence (in that order) mean a lot!

* If you don't yet have a resume, you can find many examples online if you google "undergraduate resume" or similar. We recommend that you visit UTA's career center for advice crafting or revising your resume. Click here for helpful tips, information and hours. Even if you aren't able to join the lab, starting a resume will serve you well for future job applications.

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