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Biology - Recent M.S. Graduate Opportunities

Please see below for graduate opportunities.  Check back periodically as opportunities will be posted when we receive them.

Alltech Young Scientist Program

For more information, please go to:

Click here to view the Alltech Young Scientist Program flyer.


  • Candidates must complete an application form and submit a resume
  • Applicant will be subject to interviews
  • Full-time and part-time internships are available

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer (May – August) - February 1
  • Fall (September – December) - June 1
  • Winter/Spring (January – April) - October 31


Auburn University graduate assistantships

The Auburn University Cellular and Molecular Biosciences (AU-CMB) program offers opportunities for outstanding students to pursue a Ph.D. degree. This interdisciplinary program involves over 126 Faculty in various colleges. Areas of research focus include:

* Genomics, Proteomics and Bioengineering

* Signal Transduction and Development

* Cellular and Molecular Biology of Disease

These positions can be available for students to begin Fall Semester 2014. The assistantships carry a stipend and supplemental award of $22,500 for the first year and a University Peak of Excellence graduate research fellowship to cover tuition. Laboratory rotations give students time to learn advanced laboratory skills & experience various areas of research opportunities. The intent of the CMB graduate assistantship is to recruit outstanding students to begin doctoral study in this university program.

Deadline for receipt of application is February 1st.

For information and application materials see:
For additional information contact the AU-CMB office: by E-mail: Phone: (334)844-1642 Fax (334)844-3194


Miami University graduate assistantships

We are seeking highly motivated graduate students (Master's or Ph.D.) who have an interest in conducting publishable research on aspects of mammalian sociality (e.g., mating patterns, space use) and phylogeography.  Students working in our labs conduct fieldwork, genetic analyses and collaborate with colleagues interested in genetics, neuroendocrine mechanisms and systematics.  Specifically, we are looking to recruit at least one student who is able to begin collecting data for their graduate degree early in Summer 2014 as part of a NIH funded study examining variation in male prairie vole sociosexual behavior.  This study will involve extensive small mammal mark-recapture live trapping and radio telemetry.  Previous field experience is preferred for this study.  We are also interested in finding a student interested in using molecular markers to examine questions regarding the phylogeography of prairie voles.  Previous laboratory experience for this project is preferred.  Miami University has a large group of faculty with interests in animal behavior, evolution and ecology.  You can find more information about our graduate program at our web site at  Graduate students are funded through teaching assistantships or research assistantships but we expect students to learn to write and submit grants, as this is an important skill for your future.  Interested students please contact Dr. Nancy Solomon at Miami University ( or Dr. Brian Keane (


The National Research Council of the National Academies

Fellowship opportunities are available through The National Research Council of the National Academies ( ).  NRC sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.

Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website (see link above).

Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

There are four annual review cycles.

Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1

Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.


Biology MS graduates: would you like to tell your story to the incoming STEM students?  (Please see the information below from Josh Raymer of Innovate Kentucky.)

My name is Josh Raymer and I'm the executive administrator of Innovate Kentucky, a new initiative focused on increasing awareness of and enthusiasm for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines in Kentucky. We're based at Western Kentucky University, but this is a statewide initiative.

We're still developing Innovate Kentucky and will be launching our new website – – in early August. An integral component of making Innovate Kentucky a one-stop resource for all things STEM will be compiling a database of in-demand jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. To help students understand where the STEM fields can lead, we'd like to interview professionals from across the state who are currently working in these high-demand fields. That way, students can hear straight from the source what it's like to have a particular job and how studying a certain discipline can shape a career path.

We are hoping you can help us in this pursuit, and we can help promote your department by featuring its graduates. In particular we are hoping to speak with a graduate who is now a biologist.

We would much appreciate the opportunity to speak with a WKU graduate working as a biologist. If you could send us his or her name and contact information, we'll be happy to take it from there. An introductory email or phone call on our behalf would be most appreciated, as well.

With your help, we can create a database that will be a great resource for students interested in STEM. Thank you for your time.

Josh Raymer

Executive Administrator, Innovate Kentucky

The Center for Gifted Studies

Western Kentucky University

(270) 745-3015

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