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The Chung lab is recruiting! We have vacancies for one graduate student and one undergraduate student. We also welcome visiting students or researchers who want to collaborate and undertake research in our lab. Please read the advertisements below, check our research page to see the kind of research we do and also take some time to read about my philosophy about mentoring. If you are interested in any of the positions in my lab, please email me at hwchung@msu.edu.

Graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.)
The Chung lab is looking for prospective M.S. or Ph.D. students who are looking to begin their studies in the Fall of 2017. Ideal students would be those who are curious and interested to understand at the molecular level, the evolutionary processes of that drive insects to adapt to different environments and to anthropogenic chemicals such as insecticides. Most of the research done in the lab uses experimental molecular biology and Drosophila flies as our experimental model. Preferences will be given to students who are motivated and creative, and would have ideas to develop independent or collaborative projects in the lab. The Chung Lab welcomes qualified students from under-represented, diverse and international backgrounds to apply. Interested students should contact Henry Chung (hwchung@msu.edu) with a CV, a cover letter and the names and contact information of two references.

M.S. (Master of Science) program
There are two options for M.S. in the Department of Entomology (Plan A and Plan B). These are typically completed in two years. Funding will be available for two years for a student who intends to complete a M.S. Plan A which is more research intensive. Students who are interested in doing a M.S. Plan B in the lab are welcome as well but funding is not guaranteed. Students who are interested in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) can earn specialization in EEBB but must fulfil all the requirements for the Entomology M.S. program as well as the requirements for the EEBB specialization. Students from Africa are encouraged to apply to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program at MSU which provides excellent opportunities in funding and internship. Applicants for the M.S. degree program should have a bachelor degree in biology, entomology, genetics, or related fields. International applicants should also fulfil the University’s English requirements.

Ph.D. program
Prospective Ph.D. students in the Chung Lab will have three different options for their studies: 1) Ph.D. degree in Entomology, 2) Ph.D. dual degree in Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) or 3) Ph.D. in Genetics under the interdepartmental Genetics Graduate Program administered by the College of Natural Sciences. Funding will be guaranteed for at least three years for a student undertaking a Ph.D. This funding is a combination of teaching and research assistantship, tuition waiver and other benefits. Eligible students should also apply for external scholarships or fellowships from other sources such as the NSF. For international students who are eligible to apply for scholarships or fellowships from their home country or have alternative funding support available, please contact Henry Chung (hwchung@msu.edu) directly. Applicants for the Ph.D. degree program should have a bachelor or a master degree in biology, entomology, genetics, or related fields. International applicants should also fulfil the University’s English requirements.

Undergraduate student
We have a vacancy for a MSU undergraduate student who is doing a degree majoring in Entomology or a related major to do an independent research project in the Chung lab starting in the Fall semester of 2017. This is an excellent research opportunity for an undergraduate student who is interested in going on to do a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the future. Students who belong to groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.

Visiting Students or Scholars
Visiting students or scholars from other universities and/or countries who are interested to spend a period of time doing research in the Chung Lab should contact Henry Chung (hwchung@msu.edu) directly.

Henry’s mentoring philosophy
I have six different mentors in my research career: Prof. Eng-King Tan from Singapore General Hospital in Singapore who was my boss when I was a laboratory technologist, Prof. Jon Martin / Dr. Charlie Robin who supervised my undergraduate honors project on physical gene mapping in chironomids, Prof. Philip Batterham and Dr. Phillip Daborn who supervised my Ph.D. thesis on the gene regulation of Cytochrome P450s in Drosophila, and Prof. Sean B. Carroll who was my advisor as I started a new field of research in understanding how ecological divergence could lead to the origin of new species. Each mentor played a different role at the different stages of my career which led to the researcher and person that I am today. I guess I am very lucky in the sense that each of my mentors let me have a big degree of independence in what I do and that allowed me to be creative in my projects. I think I have enjoyed this process and it made me a better scientist than if I was not afforded that freedom and independence.

For graduate students and postdocs who have made the decision to spend some years in my lab, I would like to extend this to you. You will have a large degree of freedom in designing experiments and project that falls under the broad umbrella of the lab’s research focus. However, that doesn’t mean I am going to be hiding in my office drinking ice coffee and watching cat videos and ignoring what you are doing in the lab. We will have regular meetings where goals are defined and problems are troubleshot. I challenge graduate students and postdocs in my lab to come up with projects that seek to answer big questions in our field.

Your success is my success. I will not be successful if you are not.  I do not envision myself having a big lab where as long as some of the students are successful, I will be. I see myself being a part of a small but dynamic team where each person will be given the space to grow as a scientist, be a team player as well as having a career plan where goals are defined. If you are committing a few good years of your development as a scientist in my lab, I will be committing to helping you reach your goal. Being successful in current scientific and funding climate doesn’t mean going on to be a professor or having an independent research position. There are different measures of success. For me, helping you being successful in my lab is guiding you to do exciting research in my lab that contributes to new knowledge, publishing this research into papers that you are proud of, and helping you (to the best of my abilities) get to the next position/stage of your career.

So why would you want to join my lab? After all, I am an untenured assistant professor who is starting his first grant applications while you could be joining the lab of Professor (insert big name here), who has wheelbarrows of funding. Well, as a new assistant professor, I will also work alongside you at the bench. This means that I will provide substantial training and mentorship, as well as being highly motivated (for both of us) to publish good research rapidly. If you are thinking of coming to my lab as an undergraduate/graduate/postdoc/visitor, give me an email.

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