Prospective Students


We are always looking for work study students and volunteers who are interested in helping out in the lab and learning about environmental microbiology, water treatment and emerging contaminants.  I periodically have paid positions available, as well, for exceptional students.  Additionally, exceptional students will find a variety of opportunities for a fully funded lab experience through various internship programs, including the Pete and Rosalie Johnson Internship Program.  If interested, students should send an email to Professor Radniecki at

Graduate students

Bright, creative and motivated students interested in understanding the interactions of microorganisms in engineered systems and the potential impacts of emerging contaminants on water treatment processes and aquatic ecosystem health are encouraged to talk with me.  information about our current projects will tell you more about ongoing work, but our lab is willing and able to expand into new territory if the questions are compelling.

The choice to pursue an advanced degree is extremely important.  Finding an area of research that you are passionate about it key and will help motivate you during the sometimes long hours in the lab/field.  Coursework will teach you fundamentals of the subject, however, the vast majority of you graduate education comes through active research.  This is why the choice of an adviser is extremely important.  I encourage you to research potential advisers carefully both in terms of interests and personality.  For this reason, I expect each prospective student to visit with multiple faculty members, including myself, to discuss research interests and possibilities.

Funding for your graduate education is typically a combination of teaching and research assistantships.  If you are interested in working with me, please send me an email ( with the following information:
a detailed statement of why you want to attend graduate school, your research interests and why my lab is potentially a good fit for you;
2) your resume or CV and
3) an unofficial copy of your transcripts. 

Please feel free to email me with your questions or to learn more about my research interests, the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering or Oregon State University.