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Student Opportunities

The Institute for Coastal and Water Research is committed to enhancing the research experiences of University of Louisiana at Lafayette students, particularly at the doctoral level.  Applications are currently being sought from highly qualified individuals for our competitive doctoral fellowship.  We encourage exceptional applicants who are interested in working with ICaWR research faculty on coastal and water research to apply by February 22, 2017.  If you're interested in applying for the doctoral fellowship please review the Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity and contact an ICaWR research faculty member who you would like to serve as your advisor.

Depending on availability of funding, graduate students under ICaWR Research Faculty may apply for supplemental grants to assist with travel to scientific conferences for presentation of their research, as well as funds to enhance their research projects. Graduate students in our program can apply for these additional awards through their ICaWR faculty member advisor.



DOCTORAL (and/or MS) GRADUATE STUDENT position open in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This program is seeking a graduate student to conduct research on the effects of climate warming on salt marsh belowground and community dynamics in areas where mangroves are currently expanding.  The research is a combination of large-scale controlled mesocosm experiments coupled with field experiments along the Florida Atlantic Coast from St. Augustine to the Keys.  Although a doctoral student is preferred, exceptional, well-qualified students interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Biology are also encouraged to apply.  The successful applicant must be enthusiastic and self-motivated, have a strong interest in climate change and plant ecology, be a team player able to work well both independently and interdependently, display strong oral and written communication skills, and possess both the physical and mental attributes required to work under strenuous and often adverse conditions in the field.  Additional desirable skills include boat operation and a background in environmental effects on plant population and community dynamics, plant/soil sciences, plant physiological ecology and statistical ecology.  Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available.  Truly exceptional doctoral student applicants will also be considered for a University Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology.  For further information, please contact Dr. Mark W. Hester, Director of Research, Institute for Coastal and Water Research, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA  70504 (  Please attach resume/CV, as well as GPA and GRE percentile score information with all inquiries by September 1.  All application materials need to arrive no later than September 8, 2017 to receive full consideration for spring 2018 admission and funding opportunities.