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WKU Biology Undergraduates Looking for MS Opportunities

We encourage biology majors to investigate graduate programs for MS and PhD degrees in the biological sciences.  We offer an excellent MS program (thesis and non-thesis tracks) at WKU; however, we suggest that you also look elsewhere for your graduate degree.  On this page, we will place announcements about current openings by professors or programs.  You should go to Career Services for further assistance.  In preparation for graduate school, you should have a resume prepared, identify people who can write letters of reference, maintain a  good GPA and you may need to take the GRE [check to see if the programs in which you are interested require the general and/or advanced biology GRE].  During your undergraduate years, you should obtain experience conducting research at WKU (e.g., working with a biology faculty member, taking BIOL 399) or elsewhere (e.g., NSF-REU program).  As you explore programs, your search is somewhat different than for your undergraduate education.  For graduate school, you are searching for a mentor who conducts research that interests you and will further your career path.  You should read scientific, peer-reviewed papers by prospective mentors and their students.  You also should speak with their current and past graduate students and go visit.  As much as possible, you should not pay for your graduate education in biology.  A program may have support for teaching assistants (stipend plus tuition remission) or your prospective mentor may have grant funds to pay you a salary and cover the costs of tuition and fees.

Please speak with your WKU advisor in biology, the Graduate Program Coordinator or the Department Head if you have questions.


WKU Biology Master's Program:  http://www.wku.edu/biology/graduate.php


Washington University in St. Louis :  http://dbbs.wustl.edu/prospstudents/PhDAdmissions/Pages/PhDAdmissions.aspx


The Kentucky Bridge to a Biomedical Doctorate for Appalachian Students: Click Here for brochure.


University of Virginia

To find out more about the Department of Biology at UVA, please visit http://bio.virginia.edu/graduate/how-to-apply.


 Auburn University

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: http://www.auburn.edu/cosam/cmb/
For additional information contact the AU-CMB office: by E-mail: cmb@auburn.edu Phone: (334)844-1642 Fax (334)844-3194


Miami University

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 http://zoology.muohio.edu/zoo/graduate/.  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 (solomong@miamioh.edu) or Dr. Brian Keane (keane@miamioh.edu).


Theoretical Ecology Graduate Research Assistantships (Master's)

I am seeking one to two Master's students to join my theoretical ecology lab at Kennesaw State University in Fall 2014.  I have GRA support available for students interested in studying the structure of indirect effects in food webs (how patterns of indirect effects associated with different adaptive behaviors and mutualisms affect community stability).  Students will have considerable freedom to develop their own questions of interest within this broader topic, and possibly unrelated topics as well.

Strong interest in community ecology & species interactions, strong quantitative skills, and programming experience are all plusses.  Interested students should provide me their cv, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores (also unofficial... please please tell me the separate verbal and quantitative scores & percentiles), a cover letter describing their relevant experience and interests, and contact information for 2-3 references.  The deadline for applications to our Master's program is January 15th, but prospective applicants should contact me well in advance, ideally by early November.  Please feel free to email me (agolubsk@kennesaw.edu) with any questions.

Kennesaw State University is located in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, and is the third largest institution within the University System of Georgia.  More information on me, Kennesaw State University, our Master of Science in Integrative Biology program, our Department of Biology & Physics, and our College of Science & Mathematics can be found at:







Antonio J. Golubski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Kennesaw State University
Dept of Biology and Physics
1000 Chastain Road SC Bldg 12 Rm 317
Kennesaw, GA 30144


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