A number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified full-time thesis-track Environmental Studies students. These assistantships are typically funded through research grants from state and federal agencies.

Graduate assistants are required to assist with research relevant to the grant objectives for 20 hours per week while attending classes, and full-time during the summer semester. Compensation packages include competitive stipends and in some cases tuition remission. Research opportunities are available in the following areas:

animal scienceapicultureaquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
biomassbioenergyclimate change
conservation biological controlentomologyfood systems
forest managementfruit cropsfruit and ornamental plant breeding
food safetyforagegenetics
genomicshigh tunnelsland use change
organic agricultureornamental plantswater quality

Research opportunities are available with the following Graduate Faculty members (click name to contact):

  • Dr. George Antonious (pesticides in the environment, botanical pesticides, bioremediation, and erosion management)
  • Dr. Michael Bomford (organic agriculture, farmscaping, high tunnels, bioenergy)
  • Dr. Charlie A. Collins II (forestry, natural resources, chemistry, biology and biomass/bioenergy)
  • Dr. Buddhi Gyawali (land use and cover change, farm diversification and productivity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, application of GIS and remote sensing in ecosystems studies)
  • Dr. Hideka Kobayashi (ornamental plant breeding and cold adaption)
  • Dr. Farida Olden (transcriptome profiling, gene expression, nutrigenomics, plant abiotic stress resistance)
  • Dr. Kirk Pomper (fruit horticulture, aquaponics, plant breeding, and biodiversity)

Contact the Environmental Studies program coordinator to learn more about MES graduate assistantships. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn about other assistance available to KSU students.