Join the Sullivan Lab

We welcome prospective students and post docs!

Prospective post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students should feel free to contact Matt Sullivan <> directly to discuss openings and possible research projects.

Undergraduate students interested in a research project should express interest by emailing a CV and brief statement of interest to Matt Sullivan. We are currently seeking reliable undergraduates to assist in the following areas:

  • phage discovery for therapeutic purposes (E. coli and C. diff)
  • bioinformatics processing
  • database and sample inventory


Check out the fun facts about Columbus and Ohio State here.

These Ohio State Graduate Programs represent good fits for our lab.

Separately, Some Modest Advice for Graduate Students
by Stephen Stearns, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor, Yale University

Funding opportunities for Graduate Students

Below is a list of fellowships that are available for graduate studies (though there are new opportunities all the time, so doing your own search on the web is a good idea). These fellowships can be awarded prior to entry into a PhD program, and usually pay part of the total cost of tuition and stipend for a fixed period of time. The balance of the support is picked up by the Lab’s research grants. For helpful advice on applying for graduate fellowships, please visit The Chronical of Higher Education’s “How to Win a Graduate Fellowship.”

American Association of University Women
American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowships  US citizens only
Chateaubriand Science Fellowship  research in France
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program  US citizens only
Environmental Protection Agency Fellowships  US citizens only
Ford Foundation  US citizens pursuing doctorates only; for minorities, dissertation fellowship and predoctoral fellowships available
Hertz Foundation  US citizens only
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program  new post-doctorates from underrepresented groups
NASA opportunities available for post-doctorates, graduates, and undergraduates
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships (DoD)  US citizens only
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships  US citizens only
Robert D. Watkins Graduate Fellowship  US citizens only
SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program (DoD) – US citizens only
Consortium for Ocean Leadership  lists a variety of internships, fellowships and other programs
OSU’s Council of Graduate Students  funding opportunities for OSU graduate students
Recommended summer grad courses elsewhere

  These are ideal early grad school summer experiences for the interested student.

CMOP Undergraduate Interships  Center of Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction, Oregon Health & Science University
Hopkins Microbiology Course  Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University
Microbial Diversity  Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole
Microbial Oceanography: Genomes to Biomes  University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, held at Honolulu
Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)  Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Workshop on Molecular Evolution  Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole

Funding opportunities for Postdoctoral Research

American Society for Microbiology Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women  for travel, etc.
Ford Foundation  minorities, US citizens only
Fulbright scholarship  for UK citizens to post-doc in the US
Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowships
Life Sciences Research Foundation
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships  US citizens only
National Institutes of Health K Awards
The National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program (through NIH)
National Science Foundation – Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships  US citizens only
National Science Foundation – Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology  US citizens only
National Science Foundation  full list of postdoctoral fellowships
NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program


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