You may also be interested in a general overview of our research, currently-active projects, the people that made this work possible, and our publications.

Colorado Mesa University President Timothy Foster has announced a commitment to resume in-person learning in the Fall 2020 semester, outlined in the Safe Together, Strong Together campus planning initiative. While we don’t know exactly when “on-site” laboratory research can resume or what form it might take (i.e. due to COVID-19 mandated social distancing), it is highly beneficial to proactively demonstrate your interest in research opportunities sooner rather than later.

If you are interested in undergraduate research opportunities with LEoPARD, please complete the application. If you experience technical difficulties, please contact Dr. Dieni directly.


  • You must have no less than 6 hours per week to dedicate to in-lab research (i.e. work that takes place in the lab, making reagents and solutions, running experiments, recording data, etc.);
  • You must have no less than 6 hours per week to dedicate to out-of-lab research (i.e. work that takes place out of the lab, processing data, plotting graphs, searching out and reading references from the peer-reviewed literature, etc.);
  • You should have an earnest, genuine interest for research. You need not be a research expert, or already committed to a career in research, but you should be willing to give research your fair, uncompromising dedication for the time that you remain in LEoPARD.