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Tim Carter
Ball State University
Dept of Biology

Dept of Biology

Prospective Student Information for the Carter Lab
Department of Biology - Ball State University


Welcome to Dr. Carterís Wildlife Biology Lab at Ball State University.  While the majority of my personal research has been focused on the Chiropteran and small mammal communities, I am open to research ideas on any terrestrial vertebrates.  The majority of my research studies do have a strong land management and or endangered species focus.  Additionally, most of my graduate students conduct their thesis research on bats inline with the ongoing research of my lab.  


I have three main goals for students that come through my lab: 1) Learn to conduct sound scientific research, 2) train students to think critically and independently, and 3) to produce high quality publications and theses.


My philosophy as a professor and advisor is to guide students through the learning process by teaching them how to learn and much as what to learn.  While each student is different, I prefer not to micromanage students.  Instead, I most often leave students to manage their time as they see fit.  I do however, expect that work will get done in a timely manner and that all deadlines will be met.


While most of the information found in these web pages is aimed at potential graduate students it also applies to those dedicated and motivated undergraduates that wish to become involved.

Undergraduate Students: 

If you are interested in working in my lab as an undergraduate please fill in this application document and return to me with your resume or CV and any other documents you would like to share with me. I generally expect undergrad to volunteer with current on-going research projects and help around the lab prior to initiating their own research.  I expect members of my lab to be active participants to maintain any rights or privileges associated with my lab.

Students interested in conducting an Honor's Thesis under my direction must receive my verbal approval at least 12 months prior to graduation and be prepared to submit a full proposal and adhere to a strict timeline.

Graduate Students:

If you are interested in a Graduate position, please fill in this questionnaire document and return to me with your CV and any other documents you would like to share with me.  I suggest you also visit the Departmental Masterís Degree webpage (http://www.bsu.edu/biology/masters/) and consult the following document about Graduate School at BSU.

The Department of Biology at Ball State University offers teaching assistantships (see Master's webpage above).  These are competitive and the deadline for applications for assistantships is February 1 each year.  Students should not confuse acceptance into the graduate school with receiving an assistantship.  The BSU Graduate School will admit anyone who meets the minimum requirements.  In order to be admitted into my lab you must meet three criteria: 1) be accepted into the graduate school, 2) receive an assistantship through the Department of Biology (or some other scholarship) and 3) receive support from me for being your academic advisor.  

big-eared batSome words of advise:  Steps 1 and 2 are pointless unless you also can get #3.  I will make my decisions on who I will support in mid to late January, there is little point in submitting applications (and paying the associated fees) until you receive my support.

As stated elsewhere, most of the research conducted out of my lab is based on bats and bat ecology.  As such, potential students should anticipate a research focus in that area. Since few applicants have much experience working with bats, I place great emphasis on previous research experience, especially field experience with vertebrates.  I also am looking for candidates with experience working with the tools used commonly in bat research (e.g., radio telemetry and mistnets).