Four Cheyenne Bottoms graduate assistantships to be available at FHSU
12/20/2007

Four graduate assistantships will be awarded in spring 2008 to students seeking an M.S. degree in biology at Fort Hays State University to work at the new Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

The state legislature is funding the assistantships to support four outstanding students to begin graduate studies in the fall semester of 2008. The assistantships are for one year and are renewable for a second. The stipend is $12,000.

Individuals interested in applying must seek admission as graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fort Hays State University. Recipients will be announced in the spring and will begin their assistantship at the beginning of fall semester 2008.

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located at Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas, will be a branch of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Its role is to interpret wetlands and educate the public. The facility is currently under construction and scheduled to open in autumn 2008.

Cheyenne Bottoms, located approximately 70 miles southeast of FHSU, is the largest marsh in the United States. It consists of three units -- Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, 19,857 acres managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve, 7,200 acres managed by The Nature Conservancy; and Quivera National Wildlife Refuge, 21,820 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  

Any student planning to pursue graduate studies in an area of biology relating to wetlands is encouraged to apply. Appropriate areas of study include ornithology, wildlife management, conservation biology, mammalogy, herpetology, aquatic biology, ecology, wetland microbial ecology, ichthyology and entomology.

To determine whether an area of research interest is included, consult the list of faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences at FHSU at http://fhsu.edu/biology/faculty-staff.shtml.

Application procedures can be accessed at http://www.fhsu.edu/gradschl/forms.shtml. Guidelines for graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences can be reviewed at http://www.fhsu.edu/biological/GradStudentGuidelinesFall2005.pdf.

For more information, contact Dr. Jerry Choate, director of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, at jchoate@fhsu.edu, or Dr. Elmer Finck, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at FHSU, at efinck@fhsu.edu.


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