Join the Larson Lab!


When joining the Larson lab, undergraduate students are encouraged to first establish an intellectual understanding of the biological underpinnings of the various research questions in the lab. Students are then carefully paired with projects and lab mentors that accommodate both their intellectual curiosities, their time availability to dedicate to research, and their timeline to graduation. The goal of the Larson lab for undergraduate students – and all lab members – is to teach students how to access the technical and intellectual resources required to become autonomous scientists, while also providing opportunities for career building. As such, undergraduate students from the Larson lab are provided mentorship that allows them to develop skills and portfolios that facilitate transition towards becoming medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians, scientists, professional musicians, and other career paths of interest.

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Working in the lab

From the bench in Charlottesville, Virginia to the field in Eastern Washington State, we dedicate ourselves to the highest standards of research quality and integrity and strive make significant impacts on our immediate and broader communities. We act with compassion, accountability, and integrity to grow as scientists, as individuals and as a group. We are committed to making our communities more inclusive and providing the necessary resources, tools, and opportunities to build scientific and community leaders. For more on our community work, visit our Community page.

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Living in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, otherwise known as C'ville, is an independent city in Albemarle County, VA. As of the 2020 census, the population was 46,553 – 17,778 households, and 7,518 families.The racial makeup of the city was 69.1% White, 19.4% Black American, 6.4% Asian, 5.1% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos, 0.3% Native American, 1.8% from other races.


Charlottesville is located in the center of the Commonwealth of Virginia along the Rivanna River, with the Blue Ridge 20 miles (32km) to the west Richmond 72 miles (116km) to the southeast, and Washington, D.C. 99 miles (159km) to the northeast.

Charlottesville has a four season climate. Winters are cool – January averages of 36.2 °F (2.3 °C) with variable snowfall year to year, whereas summers are warm and humid – July averaging 77.6 °F (25.3 °C) with highs exceeding 90 °F (32 °C). 

Charlottesville, listed as #5 best cities to live in in 2021, has many attractions and venues for its relatively small size. Attractions include wine and beer tours, ballooning, hiking, and entertainment at one of the area's four larger venues. The Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive offers recreational activities, scenic mountains and hiking trails. Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the nation, with stores, restaurants, and civic attractions including theParamount TheaterVirginia Discovery Museum, and an outdoor amphitheater, the Ting Pavilion. Charlottesville hosts the annual Virginia Film Festival in October, the Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph in June, the Virginia Festival of the Book in March, and the Foxfield Races in April and September.