Opportunities at MSU

 

Graduate Research Assistantships:

 
  • PhD Assistantship

A PhD research assistantship is available for a self-motivated student to pursue a PhD degree and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University.

This position is part of the new $15 million institute funded by the National Science Foundation -- "Institute for Geospatial Understanding through an Integrative Discovery Environment (I-GUIDE)".

The successful candidate will join the multi-institution transdisciplinary team to understand telecoupled impacts of globalization, climate change, and natural disasters (e.g., impacts of droughts and floods in the United States on biodiversity, land use, and sustainability in Brazil), using the integrated framework of telecoupling.

Applications are welcome from students with a variety of backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, artificial intelligence, big data science, biology, computer science and engineering, conservation, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, machine learning, remote sensing, sociology, sustainability science, and other related fields.

The successful applicant will be admitted by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and can also be part of the dual doctoral degree program with the university-wide Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program  or Environmental Science and Policy Program if the student is interested.

The application due date is December 1, 2021 or until the position is filled.

The start date is flexible (e.g., summer or fall in 2022).

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) CV or resume, (3) academic statement, (4) personal statement, (5) transcripts, (6) GRE scores, (7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (8) list of 3 references (names and contact information), and (9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Application materials and questions should be emailed to: Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu (liuji@msu.edu).

  •  PhD or MS Assistantship

Description and responsibilities: A graduate assistantship is available for a self-motivated student to pursue PhD or MS degree and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (MSU). This position is part of the project funded by the National Science Foundation entitled "Complex Effects of Telecoupled Activities in the Changing Environment of the Arctic".

Applications are welcome from students with a variety of backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, behavioral science, computer science and engineering, conservation, data science, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, remote sensing, sociology, sustainability science, and other related fields.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research to understand how multiple distant drivers (i.e., tourism, marine shipping, climate change, and natural resource extraction) affect coupled human-natural systems within the Bering Strait region of Alaska, using the integrated framework of telecoupling. The student will be based at MSU but will have opportunities to visit Alaska and interact with collaborators, local communities, natural resource professionals, and other stakeholders in Alaska.

The successful candidate will be admitted by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU and can also be part of the dual degree program with the university-wide Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program or Environmental Science and Policy Program if the student is interested.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu at MSU and Dr. Jennifer Schmidt at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and will collaborate with others on the project.

Closing Date: November 15, 2021 or until the position is filled.

Start Date: flexible (some time in 2022)

To Apply: Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) CV or resume, (3) academic statement, (4) personal statement, (5) transcripts, (6) GRE scores, (7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (8) list of 3 references (names and contact information), and (9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Application materials and questions should be emailed to: Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu (liuji@msu.edu).


 

Ph.D. Assistantships/Fellowships - Ph.D. assistantships/fellowships are available for outstanding self-motivated students to conduct innovative and high-impact research and pursue doctoral degrees at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. Research topics may include  sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration,  wildlife ecology and conservation, systems modeling and simulation, and telecoupling. Application materials include:

  • letter of application
  • statement of professional goals
  • CV or resume
  • transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only)
  •  list of 3-4 references (names and contact information)
  • up to three representative publications if any.
  • Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled.  Applications and questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to: 

Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
liuji@msu.edu

MSU Distinguished University Fellowshiprecognize academic achievement, research goals, demonstrated leadership potential, and contribution to a diverse educational community.

Office of the Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  (Salary, research funds, and health coverage and benefits. U.S. citizens or permanent residents; Female and under-represented minority candidates are especially encouraged to contact Dr. Jack Liu at liuji@msu.edu or other faculty members at CSIS)

ESPP Doctoral Recruiting Fellowships (for students interested in MSU's specialization in the Environmental Science and Policy Program in addition to MSU's Ph.D. program; competitive stipend and health/tuition coverage. Students who are interested in integrating natural and social sciences are encouraged to contact Dr. Jack Liu at liuji@msu.edu or other faculty members at CSIS).

Canadian Studies Center Scholarship (for sophomores or juniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher to work and study in Canada).

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship  for Graduate Students

The MSU Department of Forestry graduate certificate in forest carbon science, policy and management. The forest carbon certificate program, the first of its kind in the United States, offers students the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual background to plan, implement, manage and evaluate forestry-based, climate-change mitigation projects. The certification will give students an edge in competing for employment in carbon mitigation projects of corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.

MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement: Open to all MSU graduate and professional students, this no-cost program is a way to strengthen the graduate experience and earn a professional credential noted on the transcript. Past students have enjoyed the seminars on community engagement, learned practical skills in the mentored community engagement experience/project, and shared their story during the portfolio presentations.

The Annual Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship. 

Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited Graduate Fellowship.  This fellowship annually honors MSU students enrolled in graduate programs who are working on coldwater fisheries as part of their thesis or dissertation. 

Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship. Jan Fenske was the first female biologist for the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. During her 27 years of service, her love of the environment compelled her to work untiringly for the long-term protection and sustainable use of the State’s aquatic resources. The intent of this award is to honor Jan’s attitude, deep commitment to the resource, integrity, and memory by providing graduate students from the under-served community in the Department with additional financial and mentoring opportunities to assist them in developing successful careers in fisheries management. Applications are due in January each year.