Graduate Research Assistantship Utah State University

The Department of Sociology, Social Work, & Anthropology at Utah State University invites applications for a PhD-level graduate research assistantship to assist in the role of external evaluator for a 5 year, $10 million dollar, USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant titled “Thriving Agricultural Systems in Urbanized Landscapes.”  The overarching goal of this transdisciplinary grant is to create economically thriving and environmentally beneficial agricultural systems in urbanized landscapes using the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as a case study translatable to other urbanized landscapes.  The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Assist with designing, collecting, and analyzing data from a survey of agricultural producers and other stakeholder groups in the case study Chesapeake Bay Watershed at the beginning and end of the project to assess project impact including attitudes and behaviors longitudinally.
  • Assist with designing, conducting, and analyzing yearly online surveys and interviews/focus groups with team members to assess the research teams’ organizational efficacy and interdisciplinary team collaboration.
  • Assist with writing, presenting, and disseminating research findings.

Why USU?  Our Environment and Community program is highly ranked, we have nearly full placement of graduates in a variety of academic and non-academic careers, and competitive financial support is provided.  A stipend of at least $20,000 per year for 4-5 years, a full tuition award, and highly subsidized health insurance will be provided for a qualified student.  Paid travel opportunities will also be available for data collection and presenting research findings at national conferences.   There will be opportunities for the successful applicant to collect data related to their own research interests within the scope of the project.

Why Utah? The Wasatch Front of Northern Utah offers a stunning landscape for work (and play). The Wasatch/Cache National Forest provides unlimited outdoor recreation year-round. Housing costs are lower than the national average, and there are diverse cultural opportunities. Northern Utah is a short trip from the most scenic National Parks in the USA, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Grand Teton, Great Basin, and Yellowstone.

What next? Prospective students should contact Dr. Jessica Schad ([email protected]) via email for more information.  Please include a current resume and statement of research interests with your inquiry. Application deadline is October 1, 2019 for admittance into the PhD program in spring of 2020.