Undergraduate Assistants Needed for Mara Hyena Project

The Holekamp Lab is looking for dedicated undergraduate students to assist with work in the Mara Hyena Project.  There are two projects we will need help with.  They are:

  1. Collecting behavioral data on social play. This will require reading notes from the field and entering data on which hyenas play together. Applicants who have the experience or patience/desire to read handwritten notes are especially encouraged to apply here.

  2. Collecting behavioral data on greeting and affiliation. This will require reading notes from the field and entering data on which hyenas greet each other.

  3. Reviewing discrepancies in hyena demography data. This will require problem-solving and searching multiple data sources to identify the true values for hyena birthdates, dates first seen, and dates last seen.

All projects will require attendance of a weekly meeting, reading background papers to familiarize yourself with the research and its purpose, and volunteering for ~10 hours/week. We will provide advising and mentoring to those that want it, as well as recommendation letters for good students. Successful applicants will also be able to sign up for research credits. 

If you are interested in these positions, please send us your resume or CV, unofficial transcript, the number of hours/week you can work, the number of semesters you are willing to commit to working in the lab, and a letter of interest (email to: montg215@msu.edu). If you have questions about these positions, please e-mail us or stop by our lab in Nat Sci Room 303.