The Biology Department at Western Kentucky University is seeking motivated individuals to conduct independent research towards the completion of a Master’s of Science Degree while serving as a teaching assistant for undergraduate Biology courses beginning August 2022.
Students enrolled in the Master of Sciences in Biology program at WKU are expected to develop, implement, and analyze independent research projects, prepare scientific manuscripts, and present research at scientific meetings under the guidance of their mentor and thesis committee. Prior research experience will be viewed favorably but is not required. Teaching Assistant responsibilities include instruction of undergraduate laboratory sections, preparation of laboratory materials, grading and evaluation of student performance, and weekly meetings with the course coordinator. Prior teaching experience is not required, but effective communication skills are a must.
An undergraduate degree in biology, or closely related discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0 is required. Additionally, applicants will be evaluated based upon their resume/CV, undergraduate GPA, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose. In these application materials, high-ranking candidates typically demonstrate prior undergraduate research experience, success in biology and general science course work, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with a team. The successful applicant will receive two years of Teaching Assistantship support, which includes a full tuition remission and stipend.
Prior to submitting any application materials to the WKU graduate school, potential applicants should visit https://www.wku.edu/biology/staff/ to review the research areas of the Biology faculty and select one or more potential mentors. Please do not email the potential mentors directly. Instead, send the names of 1-3 potential mentors (ranked by preference) with a brief statement of qualifications/experience, and a current CV that includes undergraduate GPA in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Fall 22 MS inquiry”. Interested mentors will contact potential applicants after reviewing the submitted materials.
Compilation of inquiries will begin immediately and will continue until all teaching assistantship funding for the 2022/2023 academic year is committed.
• Carl Dick: Ecology and evolution of parasite and host associations
• Scott Grubbs: Systematics and biogeography of stoneflies
• Steve Huskey: Functional morphology
• Jarrett Johnson: Evolutionary ecology and conservation genetics of amphibians
• Philip Lienesch: Aquatic biology and fisheries management
• Doug McElroy: Evolutionary biology and genetics, biostatistics
• Albert Meier: Ecology, biodiversity, and conservation biology
• Keith Philips: Entomology; Beetle biodiversity and systematics
• Bruce Schulte: Communication and social behavior of large mammals
• Michael Stokes: Human-wildlife conflict, African wildlife ecology
Cell and Molecular Biology
• Noah Ashley: Endocrine-immune interactions of vertebrates
• Simran Banga: Host-bacterial interactions and bacterial pathogenesis
• Chandra Emani: Plant genetic engineering, plant molecular evolution
• Rodney King: Microbial genetics, regulation of transcription
• Michael Smith: Auditory neurobiology and bioacoustics of fishes
• Ajay Srivastava: Understanding mechanisms development and disease in Drosophila
• Kerrie McDaniel: Issues in STEM education
• Natalie Mountjoy: Effects of high-impact pedagogical practices on retention and learning