We seek applications for a graduate student (MS or PhD) who is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion of underrepresented minorities in fish and wildlife sciences. The graduate student will serve as a graduate mentor for 8 undergraduate fellows that are part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program, which is designed to enhance diversity in conservation and natural resources professions. See the 3 websites below for more information on the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program:
The graduate student will mentor undergraduate scholars while conducting their summer field research, and will also help us mentor the undergrads during the academic year. The successful applicant will work closely with 2 faculty mentors (see below) on a research project on Western Grebes and Clark’s Grebes at 3 breeding colonies in Idaho. The main goal of the research is to determine the underlying causes of population declines in grebes. The research will include flying drones over grebe nesting colonies to estimate nesting success, causes of nest failure, brood survival, and other demographic metrics. The grad student will receive a full Graduate Assistantship, tuition and fees, and student insurance.
Qualifications include excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, a strong work ethic, and willingness to travel and conduct field research. To apply, please send the following materials (via email attachment) to Dr. Courtney Conway (email@example.com) and Dr. Kerri Vierling (firstname.lastname@example.org): (1) Cover letter explaining career goals, academic interests, and preferred sub-disciplines of study, highlighting relevant experience, (2) resume, (3) unofficial copy of undergrad/grad transcripts, (4) contact information for >3 references, and (5) GPA and GRE scores and percentiles. Start date is flexible, but the student would ideally start in May or June 2019. See the following webpage for more information on the Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho and the research interests of our faculty: http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/fishwild.