Prospective Students


Students who have the most success obtaining a position in the lab are those who:

  1. have performed well during their
  2. undergraduate and graduate careers;
  3. have taken and scored well in the Graduate Record Exams;
  4. express themselves well (both writing and speaking);
  5. have gained practical hands-on experience with research;
  6. enjoy long hours of fieldwork in both sunny AND inclement weather;
  7. are meticulous and attentive to detail;
  8. can tolerate long hours at the microscope; and
  9. are enthusiastic and willing to function as a team-player.

If you think you meet many of these criteria, take some time to read a few of the publications from the lab. If you are interested in the type of research we conduct, feel free to contact Kelly Robinson to discuss details.

Admission to Biology Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a multi-step process: Completed applications are first considered by the Biology Graduate Program Committee and then the larger Biology faculty. Qualified applicants who meet the requirements for admission need to “match” with a suitable faculty member who is willing to serve as their advisor and provide essential financial support. This is typically is related to whether a faculty member has received any new research grants. Types of student support include fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.  If you are offered admission, it is likely that at least some of your graduate study will involve serving as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course. This not only contributes substantially to your financial support, but is also a valuable opportunity to gain teaching experience.

The UL Lafayette campus is located in the heart of Acadiana – a rich cultural area known for its excellent food, music, festivals and quality of life. The Biology Department consists of approximately 30 faculty members, over 70 students currently pursuing graduate degrees, and several postdoctoral research associates. We are actively engaged in research and education as part of one of the largest biology programs located on the Gulf Coast.

To be considered, please email Dr. Robinson:

  • Cover letter with your research interests, experience, and brief summary of accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae (with GPA & GRE scores)
  • Contact information for three professional references.

Qualified candidates will be contacted directly by Dr. Robinson and encouraged to submit a full application to the graduate program.