Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D. in Animal Sciences)


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 – 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.

To Apply

Please send application materials via email to Dr. Elizabeth Karcher ( or

by mail to:

Department of Animal Sciences

270 S. Russell St.

Purdue University, West

Lafayette, IN, 47907

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