MS in Integrated Biological Diversity

Sponsored opportunities

Sponsored Opportunities available for 2019-2020:

Students applying for the MS program may be eligible for assistantships or stipends.  Some sponsored projects that offer graduate student funding are listed below. 

Note that new sponsored opportunities are posted periodically.  Please check back for updates.  Interested applicants may apply for the MS degree without pursuing one of these specific sponsored opportunities. Applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty members to inquire about additional research opportunities that may not be listed here.

Graduate Fellowship Position: Finding Our Way submit materials no later than December 15, 2019.

The Pinou Lab, in collaboration with NOAA, Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), and Danbury Public Schools is looking for a student interested in pursuing a MS to join our watershed stewardship team to collect data on the impact of project based learning (PBL) on high school STEM academic achievement. We are particularly interested in motivated students with an interest in integrating land use ecology with citizen science and K-12 STEM education research. The project is part of a larger effort to improve local watersheds and the biodiversity they support, and part of an institutional effort to increase access to STEM education for urban youth. The graduate student selected will be responsible for attending PBL training with high school aquatic science teachers and assist in their implementation of classroom projects. The student will also be responsible for peer-mentoring of the Summer Watershed Steward Ambassador (SWSA) program to build community among interns and restore recreational space along the Still River watershed. Secondary education teachers and students interested in obtaining MS in science education are encouraged to apply.  Student support includes university assistantships, internal scholarships, and fellowships (internal and external).  Interested students should contact the PI at pinout@wcsu.edu and include a cover letter describing your research experience and interests, as well as a CV by August 15th.  All interested students must hold a drivers license and be accepted into the MS in Integrated Biological Diversity program (http://wcsu.edu/biology-msbiodiversity/how-to-apply/).

 

Graduate Assistantship in Vertebrate Zoology and Evolution – UPDATE: This assistantship has been filled.  Please check back for additional opportunities.

The WCSU graduate program in Integrative Biological Diversity is seeking a MS student interested in comparative morphology, comparative genomics and/or biogeography of vertebrates to study regionally important endangered species. The student will have access to historical collections (i.e., Herndon G. Dowling Herpetological Collection), and frozen tissue collected by Dr. Theodora Pinou and her research partners for research and thesis development.  The student will be expected to assist in the maintenance of the vertebrate teaching collection, and frozen tissue collection for 20 hours a week.  Students must be accepted into the MS in Integrative Biological Diversity program and enroll full time (9 credits per semester).  The graduate assistantship includes a competitive stipend and graduate fee waiver (Note that tuition is not waived).  Interested students should contact the PI at pinout@wcsu.edu and include a cover letter describing your research experience and interests, as well as a CV by August 20th. 

 

Diamondback Terrapin Tracking – UPDATE:  This assistantship has been filled.  Please check back for additional opportunities.


The Pinou Lab, in collaboration CT DEEP Wildlife Division, Connecticut DOT, and the Norwalk Aquarium is looking for a student interested in pursuing a MSc to join our Terrapin Tracking Team to collect data on Diamondback Terrapins in Connecticut.  We are particularly interested in motivated students with an interest in integrating land use ecology with citizen science research. The project is part of a larger effort to map wildlife mortality on Connecticut roads.  The student will be responsible for responding to hotline calls and managing all spatial and temporal data, as well as for working with citizen scientists to conduct surveys. The project will provide the student experience in geographic information systems (GIS) and in implementing citizen science initiatives.  This project can be applied towards the stewardship requirement for the MSc degree and can be used to develop a research thesis that explores frameworks in wildlife conservation, landscape and urban ecology, the reliability of citizen science data, and the intersection between citizen science outreach and policy.  Student support includes university assistantships, internal scholarships, and fellowships (internal and external).  Interested students should contact the PI at pinout@wcsu.edu and include a cover letter describing your research experience and interests, as well as a CV by May 15th.  All interested students must hold a driver’s license and be accepted into the MS in Integrated Biological Diversity program (http://wcsu.edu/biology-msbiodiversity/how-to-apply/).