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Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Available graduate study opportunities will be posted here as they arise. If the table is empty, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Heather McAuslane (gradc@ifas.ufl.edu), as new funding may become available at any time.

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M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship Available Everglades Research and Education Center / Entomology and Nematology Department University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)

Sweet corn insect pest management

Position Description: A graduate research assistantship for an M.S. is available in Dr. Julien Beuzelin’s lab at the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC) in Belle Glade, FL. The successful applicant will conduct research focusing on sweet corn insect pest management. In addition, the applicant will participate in IPM research and extension efforts for sugarcane, rice, sweet corn, and leafy vegetables in South Florida. The majority of entomology courses are available online, allowing students to reside at the EREC where the research will be conducted. A competitive stipend and tuition waiver for two years is available starting in January 2018.

Background: The state of Florida is the largest producer of sweet corn for the fresh market in the United States. The majority of the sweet corn in Florida is produced in the Everglades Agricultural Area and Miami-Dade County, where picture-winged flies (Diptera: Ulidiidae) are severe ear feeding insect pests. Three species of picture-winged flies, also known as corn silk flies, are problematic: Euxesta stigmatias, Euxesta eluta, and Chaetopsis massyla. Sweet corn is actively scouted for silk flies and insecticides are applied as needed, sometimes as often as daily between silking and harvest. However, there is a need to refine scouting methods and insecticidal management. The successful applicant will focus on research that has two objectives: 1. Develop a streamlined silk fly population monitoring tool by conducting field experiments to identify attractive combinations of selected chemical lures, determine attractive colors and visual patterns, compare the performance of different trap types, and determine the relationship between trap captures in best-performing traps and silk fly field populations. 2. Refine silk fly insecticidal control by conducting field experiments to evaluate the efficacy of baits used with selected insecticides and determine the optimal timing of pyrethroid applications.

Requirements: B.S. degree in biology or a closely related field. Prior experience in agronomic row or vegetable crops, application of agrochemicals, conducting field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments preferred.

Deadline: The position is open and will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. However, priority will be given to applications received by September 1, 2017.

Deadline: The position is open and will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. However, priority will be given to applications received by September 1, 2017.

Application procedure: Applications and inquiries should be e-mailed to Dr. Beuzelin (jbeuzelin@ufl.edu). Applicants should send a short letter of interest, resume, university transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores (if applicable), and contact information for 2 or 3 professional references.

For more information: Visit the UF/IFAS EREC (http://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/) and Entomology and Nematology Department (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/) websites. 

Graduate Student Assistantship
Horticultural Entomology

Biological control of Asian citrus psyllid
Diaphorina citri

(graduate student assistantship for PhD)

 

A graduate student assistantship for PhD is available in Dr. Jawwad Qureshi’s entomology lab at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce FL. Research work will focus on the role of biological control in the management of Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri in Florida’s landscape. Both basic and applied aspects will be considered involving laboratory and field component. Majority of courses in entomology are available online which provide student with the opportunity to spend more time at the research center where they will be based and conduct research work. Student will be expected to publish both peer reviewed and extension publications therefore fluency in English and writing skills are important. The position is open immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found; however, priority will be given to applications submitted by November 1st, 2016, starting the position in January of 2017.  Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and further interests in Ph.D., along with a CV (including MS GPA, GRE scores), college transcripts, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Qureshi (jawwadq@ufl.edu).

Dr. Jawwad Qureshi
Assistant Professor,
Horticultural  Entomology
University of Florida

(772) 577-7339

jawwadq@ufl.edu


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