Available Positions

Please note that I will not be recruiting new graduate students for 2021-2022.

The McDonald lab recruits graduate students through the Division of Biology and the Genetics Program, and undergraduate research students from any program

  • We actively recruit graduate students, mainly for the Fall entrance class. Formal application through the Division of Biology or the Interdepartmental Genetics Program is required. The main application date is December 15th for admission to the following fall semester.
  • Applicants interested in direct admission to the McDonald lab are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. McDonald (jmcdona (at) ksu.edu) directly with a cover letter describing your research interests and future plans, along with a current CV. Due to the volume of applicants, however, requests for input into the application process, including likelihood of gaining admission into the Biology or Genetics programs, are not usually possible.
  • For questions about the Biology graduate program and eligibility, please see the contact information on the Division of Biology or Genetics Program websites.
  • Interested undergraduate researchers can usually apply at any time. However, please note that there are no available positions for Fall 2020 or 2021. Please email Dr. McDonald (jmcdona (at) ksu.edu) with a current resume (or a curriculum vitae), provide a short description of research interests (e.g. what science classes/topics you have enjoyed), science courses you have taken (past and in progress), why you would like to do a research project (2-3 sentences), your anticipated graduation date and your current G.P.A. Funding is available through K-State Arts and Science, the Johnson Cancer Research Center as well as other programs such as the Developing Scholars Program. Check back soon for availability (we may have positions for Spring 2022)!

Funded Graduate Positions in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University

The Graduate Program in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University (ksu.edu/biology) is currently accepting applications for M.S. and Ph.D. students for the Fall 2021 semester (decisions in winter 2021). We have a strong core of 29 tenured or tenure-track Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology faculty. MCDB faculty members are united by their interest in the commonalities of life at the cellular and molecular level in areas including invertebrate developmental biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, virology, plant biology, vector biology, and cell biology. In addition to strengths in MCDB, the Division of Biology is composed of nearly 60 faculty that span the biological sciences (i.e., cellular biochemistry to ecosystem function). This breadth of scientific inquiry within one department makes K-State a unique environment for graduate study through the exposure, perspective, and collaborations that exist across via intra- and inter-departmental interactions. Kansas State University is located in the heart of the Flint Hills, home to the last large tracts of tallgrass prairie on the continent. Graduate students can take advantage of a wide variety of cutting-edge laboratory facilities in the division and elsewhere on campus. Our graduate program provides a broad, comprehensive, yet flexible graduate training in Biology. Kansas State University and the city of Manhattan, Kansas is a safe and inclusive community located in north central Kansas, about 2 hours west of Kansas City.  Applications are due Dec 15. We no longer require the GRE. For more information on our graduate program and how to apply, visit http://www.k-state.edu/biology/grad/index.html or: