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I am seeking one or possibly two new graduate students to work on M.S. or Ph.D. degrees under my guidance starting in 2011. These students could possibly work on one of several current projects in our lab, but would most probably will work on new projects that will (1) investigate the diversity of bacteria in the ballast water of ships to identify potentially harmful microbes that may be released in coastal waters, and (2) characterize the structure and diversity of bacterial and archaeal communities in Lake Superior and other great lakes of the world. These projects would be ideal for students with a keen interest in aquatic microbiology or ecology who already have some background in molecular biology. Outstanding applicants can obtain an an academic year GTA through the UMD Department of Biology and summer GRA support through research grant funding. An annual GRA appointment is also possible for a Ph.D. or M.S. student working on the ship ballast water project. [Posted:  November 2011]

Potential students should first examine the information for Prospective Graduate Students.  If you are interested in these graduate training opportunities, then contact Dr. Hicks (rhicks@d.umn.edu ) and send information about your prior experiences (i.e., resume, list of college courses taken, GPA, GRE scores, names of references).  Applicants must first be admitted to and can obtain a Ph.D. or M.S. degree from one of two graduate degree programs:  Water Resources Science (http://wrs.umn.edu/ ) or Integrated Biosciences (http://www.d.umn.edu/ibs/ ). 



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