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Thanks for checking out my "Opportunities" page.  I am always looking for talented and motivated undergraduates to join me and my research team.  There are opportunities for all levels of student involvement.  These include volunteering, doing research for credit during the school year, or possibly joining the lab during the summer for a paid internship.  Check out the descriptions below to see what each research opportunity is like.


This is generally restricted to freshmen and sophomores who want to dabble in research, but are concerned about the time commitment.  You will shadow a junior/senior researcher who will act as your mentor.  This would also be beneficial for a student who isn't sure if they want to pursue a potential career in research and wants to get the flavor of what working in a lab is like.  This option is much less rigorous and for gaining experience only.  You do not receive credit from The College for this research track. 

Independent Study (For Credit)

Students can do two semesters of independent study with a biology faculty member for credit.  These credits will also count towards your biology options on your program planner.  Students wishing to do further research can also work for credit, but anything over two semesters will only count towards college elective credit.  During this independent study in my lab, you will develop and execute your own project.  Most projects in my lab deal with germline development in C. elegans.  I am also interested in developing bioinformatic tools for sequence analysis and have projects for students who are interested in software development.  In order to receive credit, students will be required to prepare and present a poster at the Celebration of Undergraduate Achievement detailing their findings.

Summer Research (Part of MUSE)

These positions will be periodically available via MUSE.  This is a highly competitive program for students who want an immersive research experience.  It is a full-time, eight week position where students work on independent research projects.  Students in the program are expected to manage their own projects, interpret data, present at laboratory and departmental meetings, and generate publication-quality data.  In my lab, you will be mentored and supported every step of the way.  NOTE: This program is by application only.  You must contact me first and then apply through the MUSE Application Process.  Please indicate on your application that you are interested in working in my lab.


Sudhir Nayak, Ph.D.

Biology Building 126
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
P) 609-771-2659



Dr. Nayak’s Lab
Biology Building 236
P) 609-771-3436