Join the Rúa Lab


All hands on deck! Graduate and undergraduate students work together to help prep seedlings for field planting.

I welcome applications from prospective students and postdocs interested in exploring host-microbe interactions. If interested in joining the lab, please send me an email (megan.rua [at] with your CV  (including GPA and GRE scores) and description of your research interests.

Please see some of the resources for students listed on my Resources page.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate researchers are a valuable and integral part of the Rúa lab and we are always welcoming new undergraduate researchers. Students should expect to assist with lab and field work and may progress to working on independent research projects. For general information about undergraduate research at WSU, please see the Undergraduate Research & Experiential Learning (UREL) webpage. Students interested in working in my lab should send me an e-mail containing a brief statement of interests, a resume (including GPA), and, if applicable, a summary of previous research experience (although it’s OK if you don’t have previous research experience!).

Graduate Students

Masters of Science (MS)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University hosts a large and vibrant Masters program in Biology with students pursuing a wide range of topics. This program is flexible with only a few required courses (Writing, Introduction to Research), and students typically complete their degrees in 2-2.5 years. Students are generally supported by part-time teaching or research assistantships, however these assistantships can be highly competitive. Please see the WSU graduate school webpage and the Biological Sciences Department graduate page for more information and application instructions.

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD students in the lab are typically enrolled in the Environmental Sciences PhD program at Wright State University. This is a broad, interdisciplinary program involving several departments in addition to Biological Sciences such as Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Statistics. Although this program emphasizes applied environmental research (e.g., conservation), students work on a broad variety of basic and applied research topics. The program provides competitive support to students, although grant funding by the PI or student is also necessary. For more information about the program please see the WSU graduate school webpage and the Environmental Sciences PhD web page.


I am interested in exploring other funding opportunities with interested postdocs on a range of topics in plant and fungal ecology and evolution. Don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss options.

A few, potentially relevant funding opportunities: