The Toxopeus lab values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in joining the lab, please see our Research page for information on current projects, and contact Dr. Toxopeus via email to discuss your interests in contributing to these (or related) projects.

Here is some general advice from a colleague on how to get involved in research as an undergraduate student or graduate student.

Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities

Students who would like to get some lab experience are welcome to volunteer.

Biol 381 – Biological Research Experience (Selected Topics Course, Fall 2022)
Students who have taken Biol 111 and 112 may take this 3-credit research-focused course with permission of the instructor (for 2022: course instructors are Dr. T and Dr. Wyeth).

Biol 499 – Directed Studies
Students with at least 12 credits of Biology and an average of at least 70% in those credits may pursue an area of interest not normally offered by the department by taking Biol 499 (Directed Studies) for course credit (3 and 6 credit options available) under the guidance of a professor. This can take the form of a student-led research project supported by the professor. Interested students should contact Dr. T at least two months before the semester in which they want to do a Directed Studies.

Summer Research Assistants
Get paid to do research from May to August. Usually reserved for students who have already volunteered or completed a directed studies project, have research experience from working in other labs, or are successful in obtaining a summer research award. Interested students should contact Dr. T at least four months before the summer session begins (i.e. in early January).

Honours Thesis
Honours students conduct research (typically in the summer between third and fourth year) and write a thesis (6 credits) in their fourth year with the support of their thesis advisor (professor). Honours students must identify a faculty member who will act as a thesis advisor before March 31 of their third year. Details on the Biology Honours Program can be found here.

Graduate Student Research Opportunities

M.Sc. Program
Details on the St. FX M.Sc. Biology program are here.

Ph.D. Program
St. FX does not have its own Ph.D. program, but Ph.D. students can do their thesis entirely in the lab of a St. FX Biology professor as long as they are formally registered in the Ph.D. program of another university.  Details are here.