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Voinovich School announces graduate student assistantship positions supported by the AEP Foundation and the Stream and Wetlands Foundation

Grace Cahill
January 22, 2018

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is accepting applications for graduate student assistantships that will support students engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary and applied research opportunities.

Full-time, degree seeking graduate students enrolled in or accepted for admission to an Ohio University graduate program may apply for an assistantship related to renewable energy research and STEM education, stream and wetlands research, and watershed research and environmental education in rural Appalachian Ohio. For all three assistantship opportunities, funding includes graduate stipends and some research project costs. Duration of support ranges from one semester to two years, depending on the needs and progress of the student.

Students involved with renewable energy research will help to develop application-based renewable energy research projects that advance the understanding of the utilization challenges and environmental efficiencies associated with solar, bioenergy, biofuel, and geothermal energy sources. Graduate students will work with area high schools to enhance student education and enthusiasm for STEM careers in environmental sciences and engineering fields. These activities are intended to both advance understanding
about renewable energy systems and strengthen long-term partnerships between the university and high schools to improve STEM education.

Students involved with stream and wetlands research will help to develop application based research projects that advance the understanding of stream and wetland ecological restoration, evaluation, and outcomes.

Students interested in the Renewable Energy Research Assistantships or Stream and Wetlands Assistantships should contact Jennifer Bowman, Director of Environmental Programs, at bowmanj2@ohio.edu.

Students involved with watershed research and environmental education will help to develop water resource related science and technology based lesson plans suitable for high school classes. Students interested in the Watershed Assistantships should contact Dr. Kelly Johnson at johnsok3@ohio.edu.

The Renewable Energy Research Assistantships are supported by the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation. The foundation complements a tradition of corporate philanthropy exhibited by AEP and its regional offices through its community relations goal: “To support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we work.” The Stream and Wetlands Assistantships are supported by the Stream and Wetlands Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Lancaster, Ohio that focuses on providing compensatory mitigation for impacts to aquatic resources as well as protecting, enhancing, and restoring aquatic resources.

Review of applications for the assistantships will begin as early as February 2, 2018.