Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

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Student Opportunities


Institute for Broadening Participation- Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.

Visit their website to find:

  • undergraduate summer research opportunities
  • graduate fellowships
  • postdoctoral positions
  • resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring
  • upcoming events such as webinars, symposiums, and conferences

If you are interested in receiving information about NASA and NSF funding opportunities and new programs fill out the following form on the Pathways to Science website.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Pathways Internship Program

Job Title:Student Trainee (Biology)
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Description: This is a Pathways Career Internship Program position.  Applications will be accepted from all US citizens eligible for the Pathways Intern Program.  Positions are available in various field offices.This is a student career intern working in a biological field.  The intern will perform a variety of duties that provide meaningful training and development opportunities leading to a career in professional biology.

Duty Locations: Chicago Ecological Services Field Office, Barrington, IL; Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office, Madison, WI; and two positions to be located at either the Region 3 Regional Office or Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office, both of which are located in Bloomington, MN.

Eligibility: Student/Internship Program Eligibles

How to Apply: Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 to receive consideration.

Deadline: 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Carlita Payne                                                                 Jaimie M. Carpenter
Recruiter                                                                       Phone: (612)713-5230
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region           TDD: 800-877-8339
Division of Diversity and Civil Rights                             Email: JAIMIE_CARPENTER@FWS.GOV
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, Minnesota 55437-1458

TEAM Science Master of Science in Information Sciences program

TEAM Science (School of Information Sciences – University of Tennessee, Knoxville) We are recruiting six students with STEM undergraduate degrees (completed by summer 2014) to pursue our masters of science in Information Sciences in a special project named “Team Science”, which is funded through a grant from the  Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Students would begin studies in fall 2014 and graduate in spring 2016. The program provides:

  • full tuition paid for three semesters
  • 10 hour a week stipend
  • paid student health insurance
  • travel funds for site visits to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Data One at the University of New Mexico embedded practical work experiences each semester in science environments such as ORNL, USGS, OSTI, and others.

The program is designed to prepare students to serve as scientific information, communication, and data specialists on multi-disciplinary scientific research teams. The ALA-accredited masters degree that students will earn  also prepares them for careers in academic libraries as scientific subject specialists or  data and digital curation specialists. Other career paths include serving as scientific information professionals in a myriad of government agencies, corporate environments such as Eastman or Dow, or working for information contractors such as Information International Associates in Oak Ridge.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Kimberly Douglass, MPA, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information School of Information Sciences
Phone: 865.974.7919

The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) 2014 – 2015 Student Scholarships

Description: MASNA proudly presents two 4,000 dollar 2014 – 2015 scholarships. One scholarship is for a current undergraduate student and the other scholarship is for a college graduate student.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a current/entering undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university.The student must have declared a major/focus or have intent to declare a major/focus in one of the marine science disciplines.

How to Apply: To apply, email your resume to and put your first and last name in the subject line and mail your transcript to:

MASNA Scholarship
PO Box 105603 #18350
Atlanta, GA 30348-5603, USA

For more information, please visit:

Deadline: June 20, 2014

Graduate Student Opportunities


MS Assistantship in Reforestation and Water QUALITY at Virginia Tech

Description: The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for an two-year MS-level graduate research assistantship with an expected start date of fall of 2014. This interdisciplinary research project is focused on understanding the role of reforestation on the quantity and quality of water emanating from drastically disturbed landscapes.  Specifically, the project will combine field and laboratory experiments to quantify the effect that mined land reforestation has on the delivery of total dissolved solid (TDS) loads to surface waters. Research assistantships include a full tuition waiver, benefits, and a competitive annual stipend that includes summer support

How to Apply: Please contact:

Dr. Brian D. Strahm
Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
228 Cheatham Hall (0324)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061



Dr. Kevin J. McGuire
Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
210 Cheatham Hall (0444)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061


MS and PhD Opportunity: Host-consumer Associations in Invasion Ecology

Description: The Brooks Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking bright, motivated students to help explore the role that variation in host traits plays in the ecological structure and function of consumer populations.

How to Apply: Interested students should check out and then send an email to that includes a brief statement of interest in the lab, a curriculum vita and some basic information such as GRE or TOEFL scores, as well as GPA, etc.

Graduate Research Assistantship 

Description: Applications are being accepted for 2-3 graduate research assistantships (MSc or PhD) to begin in June 2014. The general area of emphasis can be selected from ecological simulation modeling, plant ecohydrology, dynamics of grassland-woodland ecotones, or belowground structure of plant communities. The specific research topic investigated will be designed around the interests and qualifications of the student but will be part of an on-going research program.

How to Apply:  Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest, 2) resume, 3) copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and 4) names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of a minimum of three references to:

Dr. Terry McLendon
Research Professor
Department of Plant and Soil Science and
Department of Natural Resources Management Box 42122 Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas  79409-2122
806-742-2838 extension 252


Description: Oregon State University’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students looking to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge, and network with other people in the natural resources field. While at this gathering, you will be sure to learn about the dimensions of leadership that help resolve issues, which mean when you return home, you’ll have the value added benefit of knowing that both your knowledge about natural resource topics and your “toolbox” to manage those issues have been greatly enhanced.

Eligibility: Must be a graduate student or professional looking to enhance leadership skills in the natural resources field.

How to Apply: Register online at

Research Assistant – University of Nebraska Omaha

Description: The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha seeks a full time research assistant to support a variety of ongoing research projects related to the effects of land use on bird populations in the Great Plains. The desired starting date for the position will be June 1, 2014. The position is initially funded for twelve months. Duties will include assisting with all aspects of faculty and graduate research projects on grassland passerines and migratory shorebirds.

Eligibility: A Masters degree in biology, biostatistics, wildlife ecology, or related field including experience in conducting research, analyzing data, and preparing results for publication; or a Bachelors’ degree in biology, biostatistics, wildlife ecology, or related field plus 1 year experience conducting and analyzing field-based ecological research is required. The position involves occasional travel and a valid drivers license is required.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit an online application to the University website. Please go to, click on Current Job Openings (in red). Scroll down and search for “Research Assistant Biology” to locate the online application for the position. Applicants should upload a cover letter describing qualifications and interests, curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references.

Deadline:  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Louisiana State University Graduate Water Quality Research

Description: Seeking an outstanding student to pursue a graduate degree at either the MS or PhD level in watershed sciences. The student will conduct intensive water quality sampling in Central and South Louisiana.

Eligibility: A background in water quality or a similar discipline (e.g. hydrology, soil science, environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, etc.) is required. A strong work ethic, good academic record and evidence of excellent writing and quantitative skills are critical. The student must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send an email describing their motivation and research interests, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Graduate Research Assistantship in Forestry 

Description: A Master of Science graduate position is available with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the Department of Forestry at University of Missouri. This project will evaluate the success of past management designed to increase oak regeneration in bottomland hardwood ecosystems of northern Missouri. This research offers the successful candidate the opportunity to develop professional experience across organizations. The duties of this position will include field sampling of bottomland hardwood forests, organization and analyses of data collected previously and by the candidate, and the completion of a thesis and peer-reviewed publication(s), as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. Competitive candidates for this position will have a B.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. Preference will be given to applicants who are self-motivated and enthusiastic about conducting field-based research.

How to Apply: To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Benjamin Knapp ( personal statement of career goals, resume or curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references.

Deadline: ASAP, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

Graduate Research Assistantship – Bobcat Ecology, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University

Description: Student will be supported by 12-month Research Assistantship for 2.5 years. Biological data on bobcats in West Virginia have not been updated since the late 1970s.  Improved data are needed to update population models due to increasing pelt prices and harvest demand, changing habitat quality and abundance, and unreliable harvest data.  The student will coordinate with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources personnel to: 1) obtain and process bobcat carcasses from trappers and hunters from throughout West Virginia; 2) obtain age structure of harvested animals and compare among ecological regions; 3) evaluate productivity of bobcats and compare among regions; 4) assess food habits, parasites, diseases, morphometry, and condition of bobcats; and 5) collaborate with a Ph.D. student who will coordinate a statewide population assessment and update the population model.  The student will be working toward a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University

Eligibility: B.S. in Wildlife or closely related field.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 300.  A strong interest in working with trappers and hunters and predator ecology is required.

How to Apply: Student will be advised by Dr. James T. Anderson.  Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a 500-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research interests, and long-term career goals), unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to:<

deadline: Until position is filled

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Ongoing Opportunities

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Summer 2014 Field Work in Forest Ecology – Long-term Dynamics of Pacific Northwest Forests