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Graduate School Assistantships

Here is a list of sample graduate school assistantships and grants currently being offered. 

Ithaca College Career Services is an excellent resource to find current Graduate School Assistantships

PhD GRA in Watershed Hydrology- Baton Rouge, La

A graduate research assistantship is available for a Ph.D. student starting this summer or fall semester (2012) to investigate forest management effects on stream hydrology and water quality. Applicants should have a MS degree in
hydrology, soil science, environmental sciences, natural resources, or a related field and keenly interested in water resources and water quality. Applicants must be able to work independently and collaboratively with others. Experience in stream measurements, hydrologic modeling, spatial analyses with GIS & RS techniques, and water quality monitoring are
desirable. The stipend is $26,000/year and includes a full tuition waiver and a scholarship for student fees. The recipient must meet GPA and GRE requirements: cumulative graduate GPA of 3.6 and verbal and quantitative scores of the GRE of at least 310 (1,200 prior to Aug 2011) with at least 153 and 144 on the verbal and quantitative sections, respectively, and an
analytical writing score of at least 4.0.  For more information about graduate studies in the School of Renewable Natural Resources you are encouraged to visit the School's web page ( and the Graduate School web page
( If interested, send a cover letter stating your research interests, your curriculum vitae, unofficial university transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three referees by email to the following address 

Masters of Science in Climate Change and Land use

A downward trend in total streamflow for many rivers in north-central and northwest Oklahoma has been identified despite an overall upward trend in precipitation over the last several decades. This downward trend mirrored notable declines of fisheries. Streamflow trends are primarily driven by precipitation trends and the divergence between the two suggests an
increasing role of land surface change, which includes woody plant encroachment, land use change and alluvial aquifer withdrawal affecting streamflows. The relative contribution of these components for long-term streamflow trends for many of the river basins in Oklahoma remains largely unknown. We are looking for a highly motivated MS student to work on a collaborative research project between Oklahoma State University and the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center. The project aims to assess the effects of climate, land surface change and human activities on long-term streamflow
characteristics and aquatic ecosystem of the upper Cimarron River. Coursework or work experience involving GIS, watershed or stream hydrology, fish and wildlife or ecosystem science is highly desirable. Experience in the assessment of historic land use and land cover change using GIS tools and historic aerial photos is a plus.

Masters of Science in Environmental Planning

A graduate assistantship is available at $15,500 annually. Benefits include tuition waiver and health insurance. Additional supplements may be available for the first year. The expected starting date is August 2012.  For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Chris Zou ( at Department of Natural Resource Ecology and
Management at Oklahoma State University. The Earth System Science and Policy Department (ESSP) at the University of
North Dakota has assistantship positions for students seeking a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM), Master of Science (MS) or Ph.D.  Tuition waiver is available for all announcements listed below. Some positions include Research Assistantship funding for 9 months; subsequent funding is dependent on student performance and availability of additional funding. Application deadline is May 1, 2012; early applications will receive top priority for admission. For more information about ESSP, please see the department website: For application instructions, please see the UND Graduate School website  Students are sought to assist implementation of a survey of local government officials to examine these and other questions. This study will examine attitudes and behavior change, public participation, and environmental policies involved in planning for future climate change. The study will involve telephone interviews, statistical analysis, and some content analysis. Topics within this study may be tailored to fit a Master of Science thesis research project. Students from a wide range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including sociology, psychology, ecology, political science, environmental studies, geography, and others with experience in environmental fields. Familiarity with the computer programs SPSS for statistics and/or ARC GIS for spatial-data analysis will be a benefit. A graduate assistantship position and/or tuition waiver will be available dependent on funding. For more information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Romsdahl:

Graduate Student Position for Research on Effects of the 2011 Flood on Missouri River Floodplain Vegetation

Looking for a graduate student (PhD or MS) for a 3-year project characterizing the effects of the 2011 flood on floodplain forest vegetation along the Missouri River.  Field work will commence in June 2012 and will concentrate on segments of the Missouri River in South Dakota and Nebraska, although opportunities may also exist to work on segments in North Dakota, Montana, and Iowa.  The graduate student will lead a vegetation sampling crew during the summer and will be responsible for data analysis and vegetation mapping using GIS for his/her Research Assistantship during the academic year.  Precise thesis/dissertation topic is somewhat flexible, but should fit within the broad objectives of the project.

Funding is available for 3 years, beginning in May/June 2012 and will include a stipend for the graduate student and funds for several field assistants, travel expenses, and field supplies.  The ideal candidate will have strong skills in plant identification, experience in sampling in riparian plant communities, experience mapping land cover using ArcGIS, solid analytical and writing skills, and strong organizational and supervisory skills.  The ability to supervise a field crew and to plan and implement field sampling logistics will be an important component of the position(s).  Experience operating a motor boat on large rivers would also be a plus.  Field work will require work for extended periods of time under sometimes arduous field conditions and in remote locations away from campus.

The student(s) will enroll in the graduate program of the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, SD (, in the lab of Dr. Mark Dixon (  Student must be able to begin work by May of 2012, and enroll in the university for the Fall 2012 semester.

Interested students should first contact me directly ( and then apply to the graduate program in Biology at the University of South Dakota (

PhD Graduate Assistantship. Large River Foodweb Ecology. Department of Ecology, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.

We are seeking applicants with a strong background or interest in food web-and production-ecology of streams and rivers. The student will develop a dissertation project related to food web quantification in the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers in eastern Montana. Research will be conducted in the context of understanding the efficacy and limits to stocking of endangered Pallid Sturgeon. The student will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Wyatt Cross (, but will work closely with Dr. Christopher Guy (, agency biologists and managers,
and another PhD student focusing on population dynamics of Pallid Sturgeon. Fieldwork will involve long hours, driving large vehicles and motorboats, and strenuous sampling under potentially adverse weather conditions. The student will be largely supported by a research assistantship (~$18-20,000/yr plus tuition waiver), but teaching is also likely. To learn more about the Department of Ecology and our graduate program please visit: Applicants with a master’s degree are highly preferred. To apply, please send a brief letter of interest, a resume, GRE scores, GPA, and a writing example to: Dr. Wyatt Cross at The position is available beginning in Fall of 2012, but January 2013 will be considered. Application review will begin April 1 2012.

Forest Ecology and Silviculture

We are seeking a graduate student to join our team as we undertake an exciting research project to develop management systems to increase carbon sequestration by U.S. southern pine forests, to enhance the efficiency of forest resource use, and to increase the resilience of these forests to changing climate. The selected student will have the opportunity to design their own study at our field site installation where soil moisture and nutrient availability will be manipulated.  Potential areas of research are leaf area development in response to resource availability, foliar gas exchange, quantification of soil respiration, or other areas of investigation. A graduate assistantship of $15,500 is available annually for two years.
Additional financial supplements may be available for the first year. Benefits include tuition waiver and health insurance.  The starting date will be May (preferred) or August, 2012.  A complete application includes:  statement of research interests and relevant experience, three letters of reference, curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college level study, GRE scores and a completed OSU Graduate College application. To apply, see website: Interested applicants are encouraged to send a letter stating your interest in the program and a resume to:  Dr. Tom Hennessey

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