About the Position: The Environmental Toxicology Lab at Texas Christian University (TCU) seeks one MS student to carry out a research project aimed at advancing the use of alternative methods in environmental toxicity testing. Specifically, this project will compare the results of fish embryo toxicity tests conducted with different species (e.g., zebrafish, fathead minnows, sheepshead minnows, medaka, etc.) in an effort to determine whether results obtained using one species can be extrapolated to others. Additional information about the Environmental Toxicology Lab is available at http://www.tcujeffrieslab.com/.
About the Program: The Department of Biology at TCU offers a two-year MS program and 3-year PhD (for students that have already completed their MS at TCU) . Students seeking a MS degree in Biology are required to complete 30 hours of graduate-level course work (24 hours of course work + 6 hours of thesis), present their thesis research to the Department and successfully defend their written Master's thesis. For more information about the graduate program in Biology, visit http://biology.tcu.edu/graduate-students/.
Funding: Many students in the Biology Department receive financial support through a competitive Teaching Assistantship (TA) program, which typically provides support to 9-12 MS students per year. Graduate students typically serve as TAs for the laboratory portions of Contemporary Issues in Biology, Introductory Biology I or Introductory Biology II. These TA positions provide a $16,000 stipend, as well as over $30,000 in course tuition waivers. Following their first year of graduate study, students are required to write and submit a grant proposal to the Adkin's fund, a competitive, internal grant program that provides $3,600 of summer salary support for students engaged in their MS thesis research. Graduate students in the Jeffries Lab are also expected to submit externally-funded grant applications to support their research. Additionally, the Department of Biology provides up to $1000 of travel support for MS students presenting their research at regional, national or international scientific meetings. Travel support is also available (on a competitive basis) through the Graduate Studies Office.
Qualified applicants must have: 1) obtained a BS or BA degree in Biology or a closely related discipline, 2) a GPA of 3.0 or better, 3) a GRE score of 300 or better. Interested students must have a solid foundation in Cell/Molecular Biology and Physiology. Research experience involving live animals is preferred, but not required. Enthusiasm for science, a strong desire to learn, resilience, and a dedicated work ethic are a must!
Interested students should send: 1) a statement of interest, 2) CV/resume that includes the applicant's GPA and GRE score, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) the names and email addresses of 2 references to Dr. Marlo Jeffries (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 13 for full consideration.