Megan Lamkin

Megan K Lamkin , PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati; MS Plant Pathology, Purdue University; BS Environmental Plant Biology, Ohio University

Assistant Professor Educator


Steger Student Life Cntr


Acad Aff Exp Based Learning/Career Educ - 0115

Professional Summary

As Program Director for Undergraduate Research at UC, I am focused on developing resources and programs that support undergraduate student involvement and success in authentic research experiences (either in the classroom or through apprenticeship-style experiences with faculty & other research professionals). I developed the first strategic plan for undergraduate research at UC (2017) and have been working to acquire funding to develop multidisciplinary summer research programs (e.g., to pay students to participate in faculty-supervised research). My general role involves collaborating with faculty, professional staff, and students to foster a university-wide culture of undergraduate resarch. I provide information sessions, workshops, and one-on-one coaching sessions with students to help them access opportunity and thrive in their research roles. As the faculty advisor for the student organization ReCON (Research & Creative Opportunities Network), I coordinate professional and social activities aimed at connecting students to opportunity, preparing them for success, and celebrating their achievements. Each year, I coordinate UC's Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase, where hundreds of students from across the university share findings, revelations, inventions, and interpretations of the world we live in. Here, I award students and faculty for their contributions to undergraduate research. I also manage a small travel fund (new in 2018!)  to support undergraduate students who have an opportunity to share their work at professional conferences. 



PhD: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2016 (Biological Sciences)

MS: Purdue University West Lafayette, IN, 1998 (Plant Pathology)

BS: Ohio University Athens, OH, 1996 (Environmental Plant Biology)

Research and Practice Interests

Previous research activity focused on understanding mechanisms of species-level extinction through population-level processes (2010-2016) and environmental determinants of plant disease (1996-1998). In my current role, I am interested in mentoring undergraduate students through research projects focused on understanding the culture of undergraduate research in units across the university; factors that impact intention to pursue research at the undergraduate or graduate level; and the extent to which "effective design elements" increase interest in research posters. 

Positions and Work Experience

2017 - Assistant Professor, Program Director for Undergraduate Research, My work is focused on fostering a university-wide culture of undergraduate research at UC. I work with faculty, staff, administrators, and students to develop resources and systems aimed at broadening undergraduate participation in all forms of research activity that happens at this magnificent institution. , University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2010 -2016 Graduate Assistant, Taught freshman biology, microbiology, ecology, and cell biology labs., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2013 -2017 Biology Instructor, Summer Bridge Scholars Program, Prepared incoming freshman from populations that remain underrepresented in STEM professions for excellence freshman year. , University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

1998 -2002 Horticulture/Natural Resources Extension Agent, Administered educational programming aimed at increasing the adoption of best practices in horticulture and natural resource management., Colorado State University, Eagle County, Colorado

2005 -2010 Teacher, Director, Outdoor Learning Lab, Developed and led outdoor learning activities that supported K-12 Ohio education standards in math, science, and literacy., St. Rita School for the Deaf, Cincinnati, OH


Peer Reviewed Publications

Lamkin MK & AI Miller (2016. ) On the challenge of comparing the contemporary and deep-time biological-extinction rates .Bioscience, , 66 (9 ) ,785 -789More Information