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Join the Lab

Thank you for your interest in joining the Ramirez Lab at the UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology and Center for Marine Science! Below you will find information about contacting me and my commitment to my trainees.

I am no longer recruiting graduate students for the 2024–2025 academic year. 


If you are interested in joining our research group, please review our website to learn more about the science we do and read below about how to reach out to Dr. Ramirez. I am always looking for promising new students and postdocs to add to the lab, particularly those interested in working collaboratively to develop fellowship proposals. I am especially interested in prospective students/postdocs who will bring—or are interested in developing—skillsets that would complement and extend existing lab expertise, especially within the context of global environmental change or marine conservation biology. Studies of North Carolina’s coastal systems as well as non-sea turtle taxa are encouraged. 

I strongly encourage students from groups historically excluded in STEM to inquire about joining the lab, including members of racial or ethnic minority groups, 2SLGBTQ+ people, women, first generation college students, immigrants, individuals with differing abilities, students from a low-income background, or other marginalized groups. 


All prospective graduate students and postdocs should send me (ramirezmd [at] uncw.edua brief email (≤3 paragraphs) with the following information: 

  1. A description of your career goals and, for prospective graduate students, how obtaining an advanced degree will help you achieve those goals; 

  2. A short summary of your research interests and how they align with those of the lab;

  3. A short summary of project ideas and/or research topics that interest you (to serve as a starting point for discussion) and skills/tools you hope to develop as a grad/postdoc;

  4. A list of potential external funding sources that may be suitable to fund you (see below); and,

  5. A resume or CV that details previous research experiences, educational history, courses, and GPA (do not send me your transcript).


If you are new to writing these emails, check out this useful article

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