Multiple M.S. Graduate Positions in Biology at Austin Peay State University: Tennessee

Agency
Austin Peay State University
Location
Clarksville, TN, USA
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$9500 (tuition+fees) + $5200 (Stipend)
Start Date
08/16/2022
Last Date to Apply
03/15/2022
Website
https://www.apsu.edu/biology/index.php
Description
Multiple M.S. Graduate Position in Biology at Austin Peay State University The Department of Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites applications for admission to our M.S. program for Fall 2022. We offer both thesis-track and non-thesis track degrees. The program comprises approximately 35 graduate students supported by research and teaching assistantships. APSU (10,000 students) is located in Clarksville, TN, 45 minutes northwest of Nashville and is in close proximity to remnant prairies, numerous parks and public lands, and diverse aquatic ecosystems. For more information about the Biology Department and resources for research, please visit www.apsu.edu/biology. The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is March 1, although some positions may have an earlier submission deadline as noted below. For more information on application and admission requirements, see: https://www.apsu.edu/biology/graduate/gradadmiss.php Successful applicants will receive support from teaching or research assistantships and receive a full tuition waiver. Because support of a faculty advisor is necessary for admission to the thesis-track plan of study, interested students should communicate with potential faculty research mentors as part of the application process. Support of a faculty research mentor is not required for admission to the non-thesis degree track. The following faculty are recruiting students for the upcoming Fall 2021-22 academic year: Mollie F. Cashner (cashnerm@apsu.edu) There will be two Master's student positions open in the Cashner Lab starting in the Fall 2022 semester. One position will focus on investigating embryo and larval development of a federally threatened fish species. Applicants for this position should have experience keeping fish, and those with experience keeping native North American minnows will be preferred. In addition, applicants proficient in chemistry will be preferred. The second position will focus on North American minnow conservation, reproductive biology, and/or population genetics. Both positions will be eligible for GTA support and additional external funding support. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Cashner by 17th February via email (cashnerm@apsu.edu). Please state which position you are interested in and what strengths you may bring to the projects. Catherine G. Haase (haasec@apsu.edu) There will be a Master’s position available in the Haase Lab starting Fall 2022. The student will work on a project studying hibernation ecology of tri-colored bats in Texas culverts. Although the specific thesis research topic is open, the successful application will be expected to engage in field-based research related to thermoregulatory strategies, roosting behaviors, and susceptibility to white-nose syndrome of tri-colored bats. The project will require a field season during the winter in east Texas coordinated with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Travel costs, including housing, will be provided while in the field. The assistantship will be split between a teaching (semester) and research (summer) assistantship, and includes payment of tuition and a 12-month stipend. Minimum qualifications include: (1) a B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Wildlife Conservation, or a related field, (2) experience handling bats, (3) excellent written and oral communication skills, (4) strong self-motivation and ability to work well independently and with a team, and (5) ability to work long hours under challenging and physically demanding field conditions. Preferred qualifications include experience working with wildlife telemetry and data analysis using R. Candidates with preferred qualifications should be able to demonstrate the acquisition and application of their experiences outside of a traditional classroom setting. To apply, submit the following in a single PDF to Dr. Catherine Haase (haasec@apsu.edu) by 17 February 2022: (1) statement of research background and interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information for three academic or professional references, and (4) unofficial copy of your college transcripts. Please see http://haaseecolab.com to learn more about the project and the Haase Lab at APSU. C.M. Gienger (giengerc@apsu.edu) Reptile ecology and conservation. Harry Potter fan-fiction and game theory applications to Quidditch. Rebecca Blanton Johansen (johansenr@apsu.edu) Research focal areas include evolution, phylogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes and crayfishes. There will be an M.S. position in Dr. Johansen’s lab in Fall 2022. Students may pursue research including how environment influences trait variation in fishes, population and conservation genetics of imperiled aquatic taxa, or parentage assessment for fishes providing parental care, among others. Minimum qualifications include: (1) a B.S. in Biology or a related field, (2) experience working with aquatic organisms and in aquatic environments, (3) excellent written and oral communication skills, (4) strong self-motivation and ability to work well independently and with a team. Preferred qualifications include experience in data collection, management and analysis using statistics, particularly molecular data or geometric morphometric shape data. Candidates with preferred qualifications should be able to demonstrate the acquisition and application of their experiences outside of a traditional classroom setting. Successful applicants will be eligible for GTA support, with potential for additional summer support and have access to field vehicles and all equipment and supplies for research activities will be provided. To apply, submit the following in a single PDF to Dr. Rebecca Blanton Johansen (johansenr@apsu.edu) by 15 February 2022: (1) statement of research background and interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information for three academic or professional references, and (4) unofficial copy of your college transcripts. Please see https://sites.google.com/site/thejohansenfishlab/home to learn more. Sergei Markov (markovs@apsu.edu) Research interests include: a) bacteriophage genome annotation; b) molecular hydrogen production by microorganisms and; c) microalgae for biofuels and chemicals. Gilbert Pitts (pittsg@apsu.edu) Reproductive neuroendocrinology. Particularly, control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone. Stefan Woltmann (woltmanns@apsu.edu) Behavioral and breeding ecology of birds associated with forested streams; survey and ecology of imperiled grassland/prairie birds in the region. Ecology of wintering songbirds in Tennessee. Alex Zhang (zhanga@apsu.edu) Dr. Zhang’s research interests include bacterial infectious diseases, vaccine development, epidemiology, and bacterial genomics. Prospective Master’s degree students are encouraged to send a letter of interest, CV/resume, transcripts, GRE score (if available), and TOEFL/IELTS score (if applicable) to Dr. Zhang at zhanga@apsu.edu. Manisha Gupte (guptem@apsu.edu) Obesity has reached epidemic proportions worldwide and is associated with an increased risk of numerous metabolic abnormalities including Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, and Heart Failure. My primary research interest is to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying these pathologies in an obesogenic environment. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Gupte at guptem@apsu.edu. Austin Peay State University embraces diversity as a core value and as essential for our effective participation in the global community. Therefore, Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.
Qualifications
See the Job Description for specific qualifications for the various positions listed by faculty. The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is March 1, although some positions may have an earlier submission deadline as noted below. For more information on application and admission requirements, see: https://www.apsu.edu/biology/graduate/gradadmiss.php
Contact Person
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