We are frequently looking for undergraduate researchers to support ongoing work in the Capps Lab. We are excited to support students through research and science communication internships in the Odum School, and research credits through the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Peach State LSAMP) Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities at the University of Georgia. Please visit the appropriate websites and speak to your academic advisors about these opportunities to assess if you qualify for the programs and/or if they will fit into your schedule.
The Capps Lab has also had the wonderful opportunity to support the vibrant NSF REU Program in the Population Biology of Infectious Diseases , and hope to continue this partnership into the future. Please review the application page to see if we have posted a project through the REU program. Please note, the application process typically closes in February for positions during the summer.
Contact Instructions: If you are interested in working in our lab, please contact Dr. Capps or one of the graduate students via email to learn about research opportunities. We will ask you for a copy of an updated resume or CV and the contact information for at least two professional references.
Joined in 2018:
At the University of Georgia, Emma is a BA Music and BS Ecology double major, and a CURO Honors Scholar. Emma’s previous research was in coastal ecosystems and community interactions in the Byers Lab in the Odum School of Ecology. She focused on biodiversity in oyster reef and spartina systems in the coastal Southeast. Emma will be joining the lab in the summer of 2018 as an intern for the upcoming Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit. She will transition to a undergraduate research internship position through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Honors Program in the fall. After graduation, Emma plans on pursuing a PhD in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology or Wildlife Conservation.
Zion is a first-year Biological Science major and Applied Biotechnology minor at the University of Georgia. Her previous research focused on developing approaches for gene targeting and genetic engineering in the Storici Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology. She specifically researched on the relationship between DNA and RNA genome stability/ instability in yeast cells and got the opportunity to present her work at the Atlanta Science Festival. Zion will be joining the lab in the fall of 2018 as an undergraduate researcher through the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. After graduation, Zion intends to apply to MD-PhD programs.
Anderson Felt is a second year at the University of Georgia. She is a double major in Ecology AB and International Affairs. She also is pursuing a certificate in water resources. Growing up she was fascinated with policies and science. Over time, her interests turned specifically toward riparian rights and the legal battles within that field. Anderson will be joining the lab in the summer of 2018 as an intern for the upcoming Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit.
Maddie will be joining the lab as an undergraduate research assitant in the summer of 2018. At her home institution, University of Georgia, Maddie studies ecology with the Odum school of Ecology. In her classes, she completed research on phytoremediation as a solution to chemical and urban waste cleanup. After graduation, Maddie intends to apply to graduate programs focusing on Ecology and Sustainability.
Becca is a fourth-year senior at the University of Georgia who will be graduating in Spring 2019 with a B.A. in Ecology, the Certificate in Sustainability, and Certificate in Geographic Information Science. In her studies and work experiences, she has focused on the communication of ecological information and science, community involvement in environmental action, and sustainable business practices. For the past year and a half, Becca has operated as the head of social media and website development, program blog manager, and research assistant for the Georgia Dolphin Ecology Program. In the Capps lab, Becca will be involved in designing a new website for the AERC, generating materials for and maintaining the Watershed Learning Network website, and data entry of sewer records for Athens-Clarke County Government. After graduation, Becca hopes to work for an environmental NGO or conservation-minded business in the Southeastern U.S.
Gabriela is a rising sophomore at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. She is majoring in biology and her interests include marine biology and veterinary medicine. She joined the Capps Lab in the spring of 2018 in partnership with the Lance Lab at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. She is currently working with PhD student, Julie Ziemba, on DNA extraction and qPCR of amphibian pathogens.
Jahsarah is a junior at Baylor University, where she is majoring in Environmental Health Science and minoring in Biology. She is currently a part of an undergraduate research group, creating geospatial assessments of lead in West Dallas, Texas neighborhoods through XRF analysis of soil samples. This summer, she will join the Capps Lab as part of the Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU Program at UGA. Upon graduation, Jahsarah would like to pursue a career as a Pathologist’s’ Assistant, somehow incorporating the negative effects of the environment on human health and how these effects differ among different racial and socioeconomic groups.
Joined in 2017:
At her home institution, Mercyhurst University, Amber's research experience was primarily through the Chemistry Department. Specifically, her work focused on identifying synergistic drug combinations to increase drug effectiveness in HER2 overexpressing cancer cells. This summer, Amber joined the Capps Lab as an REU student in the Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU Program at UGA. Her research is focused on understanding how larval diet influences the growth and development of two mosquito taxa. After graduation, Amber intends to apply to graduate programs in public health.
Joined in 2015:
Reed joined the lab in the spring of 2015. She worked as a lab technician in Dr. Capps’ lab and primarily assisted one of her graduate students with experimental work examining metal pollution and nutrient cycling in streams. In the fall of 2016, I had the opportunity to continue working in the Capps Lab, conducting independent research examining the effects of resource stoichiometry on larval mosquito survival and development in conjunction with researchers in the Department of Entomology. I also interned in the Athens-Clarke County’s Stormwater Management office to pursue interests in challenges associated with aging wastewater infrastructure.