M.S. Graduate Assistantship, Stonefly Systematics, Biogeography, and Conservation: Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
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Graduate Assistantships
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The Aquatic Ecology and Systematics Lab at Western Kentucky University is searching for 1 M.S. student to contribute to one of several on-going projects addressing the systematics, macroecology, biogeography, and conversation status of Plecoptera (stoneflies). A combination of morphological and molecular approaches are presently in progress .Anticipated activities would include a combination of (a) fieldwork, (b) sorting, identification, and lab preparation of material, and (c) data acquisition and analysis in preparation for the Master’s Thesis, scientific presentations, and publications. The starting date is fall 2021. Applicants must meet the entrance requirements for WKU. Please visit for information: https://www.wku.edu/graduate/prospective_students/admission/requirements.php. Students enrolled in the M.S. in Biology at WKU are expected to develop, implement, and analyze independent research projects. 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 necessary. The successful applicant will receive two years of support as a Teaching Assistantship, which includes a full tuition remission and stipend.
Required: B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology, or closely-related field with a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0 AND a letter of intent with a statement of purpose and information regarding all current prior research experiences. Desired: willingness to conduct stonefly research, evidence of strong work ethic and ability to work independently, field-based coursework, research experience in freshwater systems, and experience with GIS software. Candidates need to submit the following materials to scott.grubbs@wku.edu with the subject line “STONEFLY MS”: (1) letter of intent, describing your background, research experiences and interests, and career goals, (2) resume or CV, (3) college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable), (4) contact information for three references. Feel free to contact me if you have questions and visit my ResearchGate site to learn more about my recent research projects. Scott A. Grubbs, Ph.D. Department of Biology Western Kentucky University 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11080 Bowling Green, KY 42101 USA
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