Student Opportunities

Dr. Marceau is currently accepting Graduate Students (for Fall 2020 start). 

Prospective Graduate Students:

Please email Dr. Marceau at to discuss your interest in the lab, 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 receive training in basic human genetics, the stress response and endocrine system, and how the family environment both before and after birth can work together with and even change biological influences. There are opportunities for student-led research within the scope of the lab aims, interaction with participants in the Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project and with parents in a parent program for adolescent substance use prevention, and experience in data management and analysis.

Research tasks *may* include: reading research articles and writing summaries of findings, basic statistical description of data and data management, data collection in lab or home visits for families across the state, qualitative data and/or abstract coding.

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

Students may receive HDFS, PSY, or BIOL research credits (3 credits preferred: 10 hours per week) for their time or may volunteer.  Preference will be given to students who can commit to at least one calendar year.  

If you are interested in joining for Spring semester, please email in early December. If you are interested in joining for Fall semester, please email in mid- April. Spots fill up fast, and because of the structure of our lab experience, we do not accept new students part-way through a semester.

Please send a cover letter and your current vita/resume to Dr. Marceau at

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