Prospective Students

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

Undergraduate students, especially those who are Wildlife & Conservation Biology majors at URI, have a wealth of opportunities to get involved in research with our group. Essentially all of our research projects involve some undergraduates who are carefully mentored as part of ‘vertically integrated research teams” (i.e., includes undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, professor(s)). In addition to hosting undergraduates as part of our regular lab, captive-bird, and fieldwork, we usually host 1-2 Coastal Fellows each year as part of this CELS research program.  What to do to get involved in our research? Carefully consider the research projects that we describe and your own interests, and then contact Dr. McWilliams directly about available opportunities. Some of these undergraduate opportunities are paid, and all undergraduates involved in research can sign up for various categories of academic credit (e.g., NRS 397, 497, 491/2) – up to 12 academic credits for research apprenticeships and internships count towards your Supporting Elective requirements.

Research and Employment Opportunities:

We regularly offer excellent opportunities for scientists at all levels to join our research team at University of Rhode Island. Postdoctoral and graduate research opportunities are advertised widely and this page lists current openings. We encourage interested applicants to contact us about future opportunities that have not yet been advertised.

Postdoctoral Positions:

At least two positions should be available starting each fall, pending grant awards. Contact Dr. McWilliams directly about these opportunities.
Phone: 401-874-7531
Office: Coastal Institute in Kingston Rhode Island; Room 116

Graduate Research Assistantships:

Full-time research/teaching assistantships are usually available each Fall semester. These opportunities are usually advertised on the TWS listserv, the ESA listserv, the on-line Ornithological Newsletter, and other places. There are also links at the NRS homepage that provide further information about the Graduate Program at URI. All graduate students in our research team are trained as part of one of two graduate programs: Ecology & Ecosystem Sciences, or Integrative & Evolutionary Biology.