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Graduate Research Assistantships, Peach Research and Extension

The University of Georgia, Department of Horticulture is seeking applicants for a M.S. and a Ph.D. student. The students will join research efforts focused on Peach Research and Extension on the Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA with direct interaction with peach growers in Georgia. An assistantship including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver is available. The students will participate in the research projects currently part of the Peach program. These projects include the development of tools for irrigation management of peaches in the southeastern U.S., peach fruit quality work to understand consumer perceptions, and critical bud freezing temperature estimations for the southeastern U.S., among others. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Dario Chavez (dchavez@uga.edu) directly with ‘M.S. Graduate Assistantship’ or ‘Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship’ in the subject line along with the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score (plus TOEFL if applicable), 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) the names of three references. The students will be expected to collaborate directly on research and extension publications. The students will be expected to complete class work at the Athens Campus, conduct research at the Griffin Campus, and assist with other ongoing research projects in fruit crops. Official applications need to be submitted online at http://grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/domestic-application-information/requirements/.

Expected start date: January 2018.


Graduate Assistantship  

Applications are invited for a PhD graduate assistantship at The University of Georgia Tifton Campus (http://www.caes.uga.edu/campus/tifton/), Department of Horticulture (http://www.hort.uga.edu/), for research in the area of high tunnel vegetable production/physiology. The student will be expected to complete most class work at the Athens Campus, conduct research at the Tifton Campus, and assist with other research projects.  A graduate assistantship with a competitive 12-month stipend, including a tuition waiver, is available. Applicants should send a cover letter with a statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to Juan Carlos Díaz-Pérez (jcdiaz@uga.edu). Official applications need to be submitted online at http://grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/domestic-application-information/requirements/. Expected start date: January 2018.


Two Graduate Research Assistantships, Blueberry Research

Position availability: Spring 2018

The University of Georgia Department of Horticulture is seeking applicants for two M.S. students in the Fruit Production and Genetics Program. The students will join research efforts focused on blueberry research and extension at the Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA with direct interaction with blueberry growers in the state.  The students will research blueberry fruit quality, conducting studies using instrumental fruit quality analyses and consumer sensory taste panels.  Assistantships including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver are available. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Rachel Itle (ritle@uga.edu ) directly with the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score (plus TOEFL if applicable), 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) the names of three references.  The students will be expected to collaborate directly on research and extension publications. The students will be expected to complete class work at the Athens Campus, conduct research at the Griffin Campus, and assist with other ongoing research projects in fruit crops. Official applications need to be submitted online at http://grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/domestic-application-information/requirements/. Expected start date: January 2018.


Graduate Research Assistantship, Christmas Tree Improvement Research – Horticulture

Position availability: Spring 2018

The University of Georgia, Department of Horticulture is seeking applicants for a PhD student. The student will conduct research in the area of Christmas tree improvement.  Research will focus on the propagation of Momi and Fraser fir by Somatic Embryogenesis, and will be conducted at the University of Georgia, Griffin Campus, at Georgia Tech, and at several locations throughout the state of Georgia.  An assistantship including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver is available. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Mark Czarnota (mac30@uga.edu) directly and include the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score (plus TOEFL if applicable), 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) the names of three references.  Also, the student will be expected to complete class work at the Athens Campus, and conduct research at the University of Georgia Griffin campus and Georgia Tech.  The student will also be expected to assist with other related research projects, as well as collaborate directly on research and extension publications. Official applications need to be submitted online at http://grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/domestic-application-information/requirements/.


Viticulture Graduate Assistantship 

The Department of Horticulture (Athens Campus) is seeking a graduate student (MS or PhD) with an applied viticulture focus. The research project will focus on cultural practices, such as canopy management, training, and pruning, as they relate to grape quantity and quality in several regionally popular varieties (i.e. Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Norton). The start date can be as early as January 2018 and as late as May 2018 (Spring or Summer semester).

Applicants for the MS program need to have a BS in horticulture, food science, plant biology, or closely related field, while applicants for the PhD Program need to have a MS in one of the aforementioned fields. The position comes with a graduate assistantship, which includes a stipend and tuition waiver. Graduate students also have health insurance through the university. The graduate student will pay a $25 matriculation fee/semester, as well as any university fees. For more info, contact Dr. Cain Hickey (vitis@uga.edu).