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Graduate Research Assistantship for Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery — Illinois

Recruiting a MS-level graduate student (M.S. in Environmental Science) to participate in an on-going research project on Franklin’s ground squirrel (Poliocitellus franklinii), a state-threatened species in Illinois.  The graduate research assistantship should be available for two years with a January 7, 2013 start dateThe assistantship will provide tuition and service fee waiver, a stipend for the spring and fall semesters, summer salary, and research support. 

The selected student will be able to pursue a thesis topic related to habitat management or habitat connectivity for Franklin’s ground squirrel.  The student must have a strong work ethic, leadership skills, keen attention to detail, ability to follow directions, and ability to supervise a field crew of undergraduate research assistants during the field seasons.  Applicants should have a background in ecology or environmental science.  Experience or coursework in GIS and/or GPS is highly desirable.  Experience with wildlife trapping, handling, and PIT-tagging would be plus.

Interested students should email the following to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at as soon as possible.

  1. Cover letter addressing background, qualifications, and research interest.
  2. Resume, including contact information for three references.
  3. Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).

Suitable candidates will also be encouraged to submit a formal application to the graduate research assistantship program.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have questions.

Tih-Fen Ting

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, IL 62703

(217) 206-7876

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