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Biodiversity Graduate Opportunities


The Center for Biodiversity Studies at Western Kentucky University, an integral component of Western Kentucky University’s Applied Research and Technology Program, in partnership with WKU's Department of Biology announces the availability of at least three graduate assistantships beginning Fall Semester 2001.

These assistantships are currently $11000.00 per academic year for two years. Nonresident portion of tuition waived (except for international students for whom most of nonresident tuition is waived). Potential exists for extra teaching or research duties for additional pay during the summer semester. Successful applicants will be enrolled in the Master of Science in Biology degree program. Applicants will be ranked and chosen based upon GRE and GPA scores, as well as letters of recommendation and statements of research interests. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty of the Center for Biodiversity Studies directly to arrange sponsorship. The Center and the Biology Department may be explored online at

Application instructions and materials are available at the WKU Graduate School website.

Western Kentucky University is a Master’s I school with an enrollment of ca. 19000. It is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city of 50,000 located 60 miles north of Nashville, TN. The surrounding area is dominated by its karst geology, with rolling hills and many caves and springs. Mammoth Cave National Park is just north of town. Western Kentucky University has recently acquired 672 acres of land east of Mammoth Cave and established the WKU Upper Green River Biological Preserve. The Center for Biodiversity Studies is an integral part of the Ogden College of Science and Technology Applied Research and Technology Program, a state Program of Distinction. Faculty interests include population and ecosystem studies on a variety of taxa, physiological ecology, taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary theory, conservation ecology, and conservation genetics.



Teach in Biology courses ( 3 respectively per semester).

Provide basic service to the Center for Biodiversity Studies (examples include talking to K-12 visiting groups, data entry, etc. up to 5 hours per week).

Complete a Master’s thesis project in a biodiversity-related field.



Applications for admission AND for assistantships must be received by March 15, 2001; however, applications will be reviewed as soon as all necessary materials have been submitted.

If you have additional questions about the Center for Biodiversity Studies or about these assistantships, please contact:


Michael Stokes, Ph.D.

Chair, Graduate Program in Biology

Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd - 11080

Bowling Green, KY 42101-1080

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