University of Vermont

Graduate assistantships & fellowships

RSENR Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships

This is an evolving, partial list of assistantships and fellowships and will be updated as faculty know about assistantships from new grants. Please either check back at this site or contact Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner (cgoodwin@uvm.edu, 802-656-2511) to learn which faculty are taking new students. Most of our graduate students receive some form of funding.

PhD Research Opportunity: EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change & Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont

Position: PhD position in climate change biogeochemistry/trace gas emissions

Application Deadline: February 1, 2014

Project: The University of Vermont's (UVM) EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) is a multidisciplinary project that aims to determine how climate change and land use will alter nutrient transport within and from the landscape. This position is funded to focus on quantifying the mitigation capacity of non-agricultural land uses in terms of carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., CO2, CH4 and N2O). The student will work with social scientist and biogeochemical modelers to determine the large-scale impacts of current and future land uses and climate (predicted under various climate change scenarios). More information on RACC is available at http://www.uvm.edu/~epscor/new02/?q=node/30.

Responsibilities: The student will work with Dr. Carol Adair and the RACC team to quantify carbon storage in and greenhouse gas emissions from non-agricultural land uses throughout Vermont. Duties will include identifying a novel study question, writing a study plan, designing and implementing sampling protocols, analyzing data, supervising technicians/undergraduate assistants, and preparing publications and presentations for scientific and lay audiences. The position is for a minimum of three years, potentially serving as a teaching assistant during the first two academic years. As a TA, an average of 10 hours/week would be dedicated to this research project and 10 hours/week to TA duties.

Qualifications: The student should demonstrate a strong interest in biogeochemistry and climate change ecosystem ecology and have a B.S. in ecology, environmental science, plant and soil science or a related field. In some cases, related work experience may substitute for prior academic experience. Although training will be provided, experience with field or lab work, including soil, plant and trace gas sampling and analysis is highly desirable. While not required, preference will be given to students with modeling and quantitative skills, including statistical analyses and programming in R.

Application: Interested applicants should submit the following: letter of interest (including relevant research interests), names and contact information of three references, and CV to Dr. Carol Adair. Interested applicants should also supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2014 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose." (http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/?Page=graduate-application-process.html).

Contact:
Carol Adair, Assistant Professor
RSENR, University of Vermont
Carol.Adair@uvm.edu, 802.656.2907
http://adairlab.weebly.com/
http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/cadair/

Ph.D. Assistantship, University of Vermont IGERT Smart Grid Program: Wind Farms and Human Health

Posting Date: November 2013

Application Deadlines: Letters of interest and supporting materials are due to Dr. Christine Vatovec by February 1st; Applications are due to the UVM Graduate College by February 1st; IGERT Application forms are due to Dr. Jeffrey Marshall by February 1st.

Position: PhD Assistantship; Three years of funding available with a goal of securing project funding for the duration of the students’ program.

Project background: This project represents a collaborative effort between the University of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Health to investigate the human health outcomes of wind farms in Vermont. At the University of Vermont, Dr. Christine Vatovec (environmental health social science) and Dr. Brian Voigt (complex systems, simulation modeling) will serve as co-advisors to the student. Dr. David Grass, Environmental Health Surveillance Chief at the Vermont Department of Health, will serve as an external advisor to the project. Please contact Dr. Vatovec or Dr. Voigt if you would like to discuss the project before applying.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will work with the advising team to develop a research protocol, apply for grant funding, conduct field research, analyze data, and prepare publications and presentations for academic and lay audiences.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a background in natural resources, or a related discipline, and an interest in environmental health, complex systems, and smart grid technology. To qualify for the IGERT assistantship, the successful applicant must have completed the required coursework prior to beginning the program. For information about program requirements, please visit http://www.uvm.edu/smartgrid/the-program/prospective-students/.

Application process: Interested applicants should complete the following three steps:

  1. Submit the following materials to Dr. Vatovec by February 1st:
    • a. A letter of interest (two pages, maximum) that outlines the applicant’s professional interest in the UVM IGERT Smart Grid program and this specific project (human health outcomes of wind farms), and why earning a PhD is the best path for achieving your career goals,
    • b. the names and contact information of three references,
    • c.unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores, and
    • d. your current CV (please include your GPA from your current or most recently completed graduate studies).
  2. Submit an application to the UVM Graduate College by February 1st (indicate that you are applying for admittance to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR; Graduate application process). In your application, be sure to state your preference for working with Drs. Vatovec and Voigt.
  3. Submit the IGERT Application Form (indicate Drs. Vatovec and Voigt as intended advisors; http://www.uvm.edu/smartgrid/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Student-Application.pdf) to Dr. Jeffrey Marshall by February 1st.

Ph.D. Research and Teaching Assistantship: Human Health and the Environment

Posting Date: November 2013

Application Deadline: Applications are due to the UVM Graduate College by February 1st; letters of interest and supporting materials are due to Dr. Christine Vatovec (cvatovec@uvm.edu) by January 20th.

Position: PhD Assistantship; three years of funding available (research and teaching assistantship) with a goal of securing project funding for the duration of the student's program.

Project background: Dr. Christine Vatovec has funding available for one doctoral-level student to conduct environmental health social science research that is related to medical care. Current projects focus on two areas regarding the interplay between human health and the environment: 1) the socio-ecological consequences of medical care, and 2) the human health benefits of nature contact.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will work with Dr. Vatovec to develop a research protocol, apply for grant funding, conduct field research (e.g. interviews, observations), analyze data, and prepare publications and presentations for academic and lay audiences. The position is for a minimum of three years during which time the student will serve as a teaching assistant (10 hours/week) and research assistant (10 hours/week).

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a background in environmental studies or a related discipline, and an interest in environmental health, social science research, and qualitative methodology. While not required, preference will be given to applicants who have earned a MPH, or are interested in participating in the Certificate in Public Health program (http://learn.uvm.edu/health-3/public-health-certificate/) at UVM.

Application: Interested applicants should submit the following materials to Dr. Vatovec by January 20th:

  1. A letter of interest (two pages, maximum) that outlines the applicant’s professional interest in environmental health and career plans, why earning a PhD the best path for achieving your career goals, and experience with qualitative social science methods;
  2. Names and contact information of three references;
  3. Unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores; and
  4. Your current CV (please include your GPA from your current or most recently completed graduate studies).

In addition, applicants will need to apply to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) and the UVM Graduate School before February 1st (Graduate application process). In your application, be sure to state your preference for working with Dr. Vatovec. If you would like to discuss this assistantship before applying, please contact Dr. Vatovec at cvatovec@uvm.edu.

Transportation Research Center at the University of Vermont

Posting Date: December 2013

Application Deadline: Applications come through faculty nominations in January & February; the process is currently under review. See the TRC website for updates.

Position: One-year (12-month) graduate student research assistantships have been available to full-time UVM graduate students who work as research assistants (RAs) for 20 hours per week on transportation research related to the Center's themes. Faculty working in these areas may request funding for a GRA to work with them.

Responsibilities: Students chosen for the research assistantship must have been accepted into a UVM graduate program before starting. Students should plan to make transportation the core of their graduate student thesis. In most cases, the student's thesis should build on the research conducted during the research assistantship. 2013-14 GRAs are working on a variety of projects.

Application & Qualifications: TBD

Contact: Glenn McRae, UVM TRC Graduate Program Coordinator (802-656-1317)

Aiken Center - Green Building Studies

Posting Date: November 2013

Position: M.S. Research Assistantship

Responsibilities: Conduct research on the functioning of a Green Renovation (LEED Platinum anticipated). Research opportunities include: green roof ecosystem functioning (nutrient cycling, water cycling, energy budget), whole system water cycling. See: http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/?Page=aiken/aiken.html

Qualifications: B.S. in environmental science, engineering, ecosystem science or relevant fields and a strong interest in experimental ecological research. Strong quantitative, teamwork, and writing skills required.

Application: To apply for this position, submit cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Gary Hawley or Deane Wang

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory

Project: Impacts of climate and global change on arctic stream ecosystems

Responsibilities: The student will: access these datasets and compile them into a common database; help develop a data retrieval system to ease in analysis and publication; select a specific research question within the project to pursue as an MS thesis; spend time at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD to develop the database with their IT staff and to participate in working group meetings.

Description: Opportunities exist from time to time to support students who will focus on their research on some aspect of how the changing arctic environment affects the structure and function of stream ecosystems. Past work has focused on primary production, hyporheic processing, tundra fires, and thermokarst. Future work will focus on top-down effects of top consumers, thermokarst impacts on landscape evolution, and late-season nutrient dynamics in arctic streams. Support for graduate students is dependent on availability of funds

Qualifications: Preference will be given to PhD students with a strong background in biogeochemistry, hydrology, and/or stream ecology. Well-prepared and experienced MS students will be considered.

Application/Contact: Dr. Breck Bowden at breck.bowden@uvm.edu (802-656-2513) for further details, and see www.uvm.edu/~wbowden.

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory

Project: Watershed Science and Nonpoint Source Pollution

Responsibilities: From time to time there are opportunities to conduct watershed and ecosystem research that addresses pressing management, regulatory, and policy challenges. Students with a strong background in biophysical sciences and related ecological disciplines are encouraged to contact the principal investigator listed below. Research includes studies of stormwater runoff; phosphorus loading from land to surface water; community-based watershed management; integrated land-use and environmental modeling using a complex systems approach; and threat analysis of the Lake Champlain Basin.

Application/Contact: Dr. Breck Bowden (wbowden@uvm.edu)

Park Studies Lab, Rubenstein School

Position: Ph.D. Fellowship in Protected Area Management at the University of Vermont/Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Responsibilities: This doctoral fellowship is part of an on-going partnership between the NPS Conservation Study Institute and The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources/Park Studies Laboratory. The substantive focus of the research is designed to meet the needs of the NPS and the expertise of the Rubenstein School/Park Studies Laboratory faculty. Current research address new models of conservation such as NPS national heritage areas, issues of cultural diversity applied to national parks, and management of national parks for outdoor recreation. A doctoral fellowship is offered in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) Conservation Study Institute and successful applicants will work closely with UVM faculty and NPS staff.

Qualifications: An M.S. in applied social science is required along with strong analytical, written, and oral communication skills. Applicants should also be comfortable with conducting research in highly interdisciplinary environments at the interface between science and management.

Application/Contact: Dr. Robert Manning (Robert.Manning@uvm.edu), 802-656-3096

Park Studies Lab, Rubenstein School

Project: Development of Indicators and Standards for Sustainable Transportation in Parks and Related Outdoor Recreation/Tourism Contexts

Responsibilities: Transportation is an important component of the experience of visiting parks and outdoor recreation/tourism-related areas. This study will help define a set of indicators and standards of quality that can be used to guide planning and management of sustainable transportation in this context. Study sites will include a national park, a scenic byway, and resort community. This study is funded by the UVM Transportation Center and includes a Graduate Research Assistantship at the doctoral level for three years. The Graduate Research Assistant will work with other students and staff in the Rubenstein School's Park Studies Laboratory.

Application/Contact: Dr. Robert Manning (Robert.Manning@uvm.edu), 802-656-3096

Park Studies Lab, Rubenstein School

Project: Carrying Capacity of Parks and Protected Areas

Responsibilities: The Park Studies Laboratory consists of faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students interested in parks and protected areas. We conduct a program of research for the U.S. National Park Service and other agencies on planning and managing outdoor recreation. Current projects are being conducted at Acadia National Park, Denali National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Champlain, and the Northern Forest. Graduate Research Assistantships are available at both the masters and doctoral levels.

Application/Contact: Dr. Robert Manning (Robert.Manning@uvm.edu), 802-656-3096

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Position: Teaching Assistantships

Responsibilities: The Rubenstein School also has many teaching assistantships available each academic year starting in September. Graduate teaching assistants lead field and indoor laboratories, facilitate discussion sessions among small groups of undergraduates, assist with evaluation and grading, and run workshops and help sessions. Typical assignments are for ten hours a week.

Qualifications: Teaching Assistantship assignments are competitive and based on GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation and requests from student advisors.

Application: Check box on submitted UVM electronic application

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