Undergraduate Students

Research Options for Undergraduates

How to apply (for undergraduate students):

If you are interested in working in the lab as an undergraduate, please read through the available options below before inquiring. 


To apply for any position as an undergraduate researcher, please email Dr. Crawford directly and include the following: 

Students interested in Spring term for the 2023-2024 academic year should reach out no later than the last week of November 2023. We are especially interested in new first or second-year students (experience not required for internships or course credit).

Internship / Volunteer Opportunities

Internship positions are available at the volunteer level for students at all experience levels. Project type will be chosen depending on your interests, previous experience (if any), time commitment. Some scenarios:

Students in internships will have the same benefits and responsibilities as those taking course credit (see below).

For internship positions, please inquire at least 3 weeks before the start of the term you are interested in, and earlier is better.



Course Credit

Positions are available for students through Biochemistry course credit. Options through other programs may be available but check with your advisor first. Project type will be chosen depending on your interests, time commitment, and class type. 

You must speak with Dr. Crawford and your advisor to design a course plan before enrolling in credits.


Possible courses may include: BIOC 098, BIOC 499/499H, BIOS 498/499/499H, BIOC098, MBIO 498, UHON 99H/499H.


For course credit, please inquire at least 2 weeks (but preferably mid-way through the term before) before the registration deadline for the term you are interested in.


Funded positions

Positions with funding for student salaries are available through a variety of sources. Links to the funding organization are in the title. 

Note that for all funded opportunities (except the FYRE program) you must write a proposal on the work you plan to complete prior to applying. Therefore you need to know relevant background information and have an idea that this lab is right for you. The easy way is to work in the lab for 1-2 semesters prior to writing a proposal, but this has significant equity considerations. Therefore, we offer other opportunities to see if this lab is the right fit for you and for you to learn the background information necessary to be successful. Please contact Dr. Crawford to learn more.

Some options include the following: 

UCARE is open to all students and can be awarded multiple times/student.

Note that a UCARE application requires you, the student, to write a research proposal with the assistance of Dr. Crawford. 

If you are interested in UCARE, please inquire at least 2 months prior to the deadline (the deadline for both summer and the following academic year deadline is typically early in spring semester (UCARE program link and our posting our posting).



Dr. Crawford is an ARD faculty member and can support your application to this program. 

This program is open to students with junior or senior standing and can be awarded once/student. 

Note that this application requires you, the student, to write a research proposal, including a budget, with the assistance of Dr. Crawford. 

If you are interested in this program, please inquire at least 2 months prior to the deadline (typically mid-January, ARD research program information).


Sophomore students should inquire as early as possible to begin application development. Applications are typically due in the Fall semester.


Most of these programs include research-specific applications. Please contact Dr. Crawford at least 2 months prior to your deadline if you wish to apply. 


6. Programs external to UNL. These programs are great for your individual career development. If you wish to apply and would like a letter of support, it helps if Dr. Crawford knows you (through courses, or even better through a research experience in the lab). Please give at least 3 weeks notice if you need a letter (especially for the first letter). Some programs include: