Student Opportunities


Dr. Marceau is currently accepting Graduate Students (for Fall 2021 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 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.

Duties *may* include: reading research articles and writing summaries of findings, researching the functions of specific genes, basic statistical description of data, data collection in lab or home visits for families across the state (delayed due to COVID), qualitative data and/or abstract coding, and basic data management.

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 (3 credits, HDFS preferred) 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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