A graduate research assistantship (Ph.D. in Animal Sciences) is available to study
educational and outreach strategies to increase agricultural literacy in K-12 and adult
populations beginning in August 2021. The primary research project will focus on the
development and evaluation of curriculum and outreach materials for Marek’s disease in
poultry. In addition to research, the Ph.D. student will have opportunities for involvement in
other departmental activities including assisting with undergraduate courses and presenting
their work at departmental seminars and research forums.
Applicants must have earned a BS degree in animal sciences, agricultural
education, or a related field and have a minimum 3.00 GPA. The ideal student will have a
strong background in animal science, education, as well as strong written and oral
communication skills. Students should have experience with scientific research techniques in
the lab and field and a thorough understanding of scientific methodology.
The University, College and Department
The Department is an integral part of the College
of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural
resource sciences, and is ranked eighth globally in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.
The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (learning, discovery, and
engagement), international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and supporting a
diverse and inclusive environment focused on excellence in all we do. Purdue is an
ADVANCE institution – www.purdue.edu/dp/advance. The College has 11 academic
departments and includes 325 faculty, 2700 undergraduate students, and 677 graduate students.
The assistantship includes an annual salary stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance
benefits. Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter stating interests and goals, 2) a current
CV, 3) unofficial copies of undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores (if available), and 4)
contact information for three references. Upon review of these materials, official graduate
applications to Purdue University will be required of the student selected for the program.
Initial applications will be accepted until April 1, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found.
Please send application materials via email to Dr. Elizabeth Karcher (email@example.com) or
by mail to:
Department of Animal Sciences
270 S. Russell St.
Purdue University, West
Lafayette, IN, 47907