Student Opportunities – Biobehavioral Development Lab

Student Opportunities

Prospective Graduate Students:

Dr. Marceau will consider graduate students for Fall 2025. 

Please email Dr. Marceau at to discuss your interest in the lab. Some other helpful resources include our grad program flyer and this FAQ sheet. And see the HDFS website for information about the program and application information.

Call for Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Students will become an integral component of a research lab dedicated to understanding how genetic influences, prenatal environments, hormones, and family environments together shape children’s and adolescents’ behavior.

Students will be immersed in research involving human genetics, the stress response and neuroendocrine changes at puberty, and how the family environment both before and after birth can work together with and even change biological influences. There are also opportunities for student-led research within the scope of the lab aims.

As a student in the BDL, you can expect to read research articles and write summaries of findings, creating graphical descriptions of research findings or research-based information, and be trained in and conduct data management, statistical description of data, and data analysis. There may also be opportunities for data collection. 

Professional Development Opportunities may include: research experience for your vita or resume, data for the Purdue Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium, graduate application mentoring, a letter of recommendation for graduate school (after a minimum of two semesters in the lab), and joining team presentations at national and international conferences (e.g., Society for Research in Child Development), and training in data analysis and manuscript preparation.

Students may receive HDFS or PSY 390 or BIOL 294 or 494 research credits or may volunteer.  Preference will be given to students who can commit to at least one calendar year.

Please send your current vita/resume and brief note on what you hope to learn in the BDL to Dr. Marceau at in early December, by December 10 for consideration for joining lab starting in a Spring semester, and in early April, by April 10 for consideration for joining in the Summer or Fall. Spots fill up fast, and because of the structure of our lab experience, we do not accept new students part-way through a semester.

Last Lab Meeting of Spring 2022!

ug = undergrad student, g = grad student
Back row left->right: Julia (ug), Adira (ug), Kaetlyn (ug), Lauren (ug), Amy (g)
Front row left->right: Nikolina (g), Gina (ug), Hazel (g), Olivia (ug)

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