The laboratory of Dr. Kathryn E. Perez at UTRGV, Edinburg campus is recruiting a MS thesis student for a project studying freshwater gastropods starting in Summer or Fall 2022. For this project the student will work in a collaborative team partnered with aquatic biologists sampling springs across Central Texas for poorly studied cave and aquifer invertebrates. The project could involve some field work, but is primarily focused on microscopy, molecular systematic, taxonomic, and conservation genetic / genomic methods. This large collaborative project is funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with a team of aquatic biologists at Texas State University. The main goal of this thesis project is to develop a phylogenetic framework for cave and aquifer (groundwater-dwelling) snails in Central Texas and to describe any overlooked diversity that is encountered.
Qualifications: Candidates are required to have a BS in Biology or related discipline. Interest in collaborative field and laboratory-based research are required. Minimum graduate admissions requirements at UTRGV are a 3.0 GPA and that you have taken the GRE.
Stipend/funding: The MS position will be funded by teaching assistantships and/or university fellowships along with supplemental funding for summer research. The position provides an annual base salary of $15,000 per year. Funding for travel to scientific conferences is also provided.
Application: To express interest in this position please send a cover letter via email to Dr. Kathryn E. Perez, email@example.com describing your background, experience, and interest related to the position by the end of February 2022. I will review materials as they come in and refer competitive prospective students to apply to the graduate program. Application to the graduate program will require official undergraduate transcripts, personal statement, and contact information for 2 letters of recommendation.