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Prospective Students

There is potential space for masters or doctoral students in our laboratory. We also welcome undergraduates interested in helping out with research and working towards their own independent projects. Please get in touch with Prof. May Berenbaum (maybe[at] if you are interested in learning more about our research.

Feel free to email with questions!


2022 Summer Bee Research Hourly Opportunity

Berenbaum Lab is seeking several highly motivated undergraduate research assistants Summer Bee Research Opportunity in UIUCto study the effects of phytochemicals, pesticides and fungi on honey bees this summer! Tasks may include but are not limited to collecting and processing specimens, rearing honey bee queen/worker larvae, processing pollen/honey samples, behavior assay, and other tasks relating to projects. Students will work as a team to assist various projects.

Protective gear will be provided to prevent bee stings when handling bees. However, accidental stings might still be a risk during bee research.

Required qualifications:

  • Willing to learn and have good attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively for long hours

Preferred qualifications but not required:

  • Previous lab/fieldwork experiences
  • Beekeeping/honeybee handling experiences

Please send the following items to liao19[at] :

  1. CV/resume
  2. A brief description of why you are interested in this position
  3. List of entomology/agronomy/ecology related courses that you have taken (or are currently taking) if available

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer and the Department of Entomology is deeply committed to building diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and as well to promoting the professional and personal development of all students, staff, and faculty. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit . The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.]

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