Graduate Student (PhD) Positions available! Fall 2022!
Kinsman-Costello Nutrient Biogeochemistry Lab
Kent State University
The Kinsman-Costello Nutrient Biogeochemistry Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University seeks a prospective Ph.D. student to begin in Fall 2022. Candidates who are curious about how wetland ecosystem hydrology shapes microbially mediated redox processes are particularly encouraged to apply. Graduate positions include guaranteed support in the form of a competitive stipend, full tuition waiver, benefits, and support for participation academic meetings. Research assistantships may be available, and support is available for the candidate to begin research activities in summer 2022 if the selected candidate is available. Ph.D. research project details will be shaped and defined by your specific interests as they intersect with the research goals of 1) a newly funded Department of Energy project investigating how fine-scale soil and sediment conditions shape whole-ecosystem wetland nutrient biogeochemistry or 2) projects assessing nutrient biogeochemistry in restored wetlands. Come join our supportive and dynamic lab group as we unlock the mysteries of (some parts of) the universe and spread the message that #MudMatters!
If you are an interested prospective student, please send me an email (email@example.com) including a brief summary of your previous research experience, and your broad research and personal goals for pursuing graduate research. Please attach an up to date CV or resume. For full consideration, please contact me at least 2 weeks prior to when you intend to submit your application. Applications deadlines are in December.
*** A FREE APPLICATION WEEK will be offered this fall that will BEGIN Friday, October 22 and END Monday, November 1. Applicants need to only submit the online application of the graduate application portion during this week to take advantage of the automatic fee waiver. You may return to your application portal at a later time to submit supporting documentation (e.g., goal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts). ***
Members of the Kinsman-Costello lab study the nutrient biogeochemistry of freshwater aquatic ecosystems including Great Lakes coastal wetlands, urban stormwater features, agricultural restorations, and northern peatlands. For more information on Kinsman-Costello lab research and activities, visit our website at http://laurenkinsmancostello.weebly.com/ and/or follow me on twitter @LKCBiogeochem.
You can glean a general sense of my graduate mentoring philosophy by reading my Graduate Student Expectations document: kinsmancostello_graduateexpectations.pdf
For more information about the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Kent State University, please see: https://www.kent.edu/biology/graduate-programs
I highly recommend these blog posts as reading for anyone considering applying to graduate school:
Dr. Jacqueline Gill writes about how to nail the inquiry email in her blog The Contemplative Mammoth: contemplativemammoth.com/2013/04/08/so-you-want-to-go-to-grad-school-nail-the-inquiry-email/
Dr. Meghan Duffy writes some advice from the perspective of the Ecology & Evolution Graduate Admissions Committee at University of Michigan for the Dynamic Ecology blog: dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/thoughts-on-applying-to-grad-school-for-prospective-students-and-their-mentors/