Summer 2021 UG Research Assistant Position

Hiring Organization: MSU Entomology Wetzel Lab (Ecology of plant-insect Interactions)
Employment type: Seasonal
Job Location: Hickory Corners, MI
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Wetzel Lab at Michigan State University is looking for undergraduate research assistants to join our summer field research program. We study the ecology of plants and insects. Assistants could work on one or both of our two main projects, depending on interest:

  • Project 1: How do summer heat waves, associated with climate change, influence the ecology of crops, pest insects, predatory insects, and tritrophic interactions in a potato agroecosystem?
  • Project 2: How does spring climate warming affect milkweed development throughout the season, and what is the impact on insect community dynamics?

Assistant duties will include growing plants and insects, counting and collecting insects, measuring plants, setting up experiments, observing insect behavior, and recording data. Please see for more info. Dates flexible but ideally mid-May or early June through August. Pay rate is $12/hr with free housing at Kellogg Biological Station ( in Hickory Corners, MI.

  • Gain research experience with the ecology of plants and insects
  • Work on projects that seek to understand and protect the environment
  • Live at a large research station in a dynamic community of researchers
  • Have a fun summer playing with and learning about insects and plants

To apply please email CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for 1-2 references to Wetzel Lab manager Luke Zehr ( by 15 March. In your email, please write several short paragraphs explaining why you want this job. Feel free to email with questions. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing science careers.

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