I am currently looking for motivated undergraduate students to work on a variety of projects in the lab related to functional morphology, biomechanics, and/or evolution of extremely fast biological movements . Most of my current research projects also involve working with live invertebrate organisms (and all the joys and frustrations that entails) and the collection and analysis of high-speed video data. If you are interested, send me an email (sarah.longo “at” duke.edu). Please include your year and a short paragraph about your potential research interests and/or career goals. Research experience is not necessary to apply.
MUSER: Duke students applied to work with me on snapping shrimp research in Fall 2018 through the MUSER program. Adam Lin and Ganesh Pentapalli assisted with with ongoing projects investigating how rapid claw closure and the physical requirements for cavitation have influenced the evolution of snapping shrimp across scales and species.
AEOP summer research internships: The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University annually recruits one undergraduate and one high school student researcher through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) to do summer research. I served as a mentor this past summer for Darby Finnegan (undergraduate, Western Washington University, WA) and Matthew Huang (high school, Libertyville High School, IL). They each developed independent research projects working on mantis shrimp and snapping shrimp, respectively. These are recurring opportunities so please check back for future offerings. More information about the AEOP’s internships can be found here.