The Wetland Plant Ecology Lab led by Dr. Sean Graham in the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University is seeking to fill two M.S. positions beginning Fall 2017. Positions are available investigating the following research topics:
1) understanding the effects of coastal restoration on deltaic wetland sustainability; or
2) identifying the long-term impacts of coastal eutrophication on wetland blue carbon.
Students will complete coursework and conduct independent research toward a M.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Biology. For more information about the program visit http://www.nicholls.edu/biology_graduate/.
• B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Soil Science, Marine/Coastal Science, Environmental Science, or related field
• undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
• GRE scores of 300 or greater (Q+V)
• self-motivation with the capacity to work independently
• undergraduate research experience
• undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or greater
• GRE scores of 310 or greater (Q+V)
• experience driving/trailering a boat
• strong desire to conduct and publish research
1. Interested students should first email the following information to Dr. Sean Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org):
a) a short cover letter describing research experience and interests
b) CV or resume
c) transcripts (unofficial is acceptable initially)
d) GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) including written scores
e) contact information for three professional references
Dr. Graham will evaluate applicant background, conduct an initial interview, and recommend qualifying students to proceed to the application process:
2. Qualifying students should submit an application to both the university and the department by March 28, 2017. The application packet includes:
a) an online application and fee (http://www.nicholls.edu/apply/);
b) cover letter, CV, official GRE scores, official academic transcripts, and a departmental application package (http://www.nicholls.edu/biology_graduate/application-information/) including three letters of recommendation (forms included in departmental application). Application materials and questions regarding the program should be sent to Dr. Aaron Pierce, email@example.com, 985-493-2628.
Assistantships: Students applying for positions in Dr. Graham’s lab will be eligible for a research assistantship that includes tuition payment (excluding certain fees) for four semesters and a stipend in the amount of $18,000 per year for two years. Additional departmental assistantships and fellowships may be also available to applicants. For information on these departmental opportunities visit http://www.nicholls.edu/biology_graduate/.