MS in Environmental Science & Policy and Graduate Research Assistantships

Plymouth State University (PSU), Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). The MS in ESP is coordinated by PSU’s Department of ESP, College of Graduate Studies (COGS), and the Center for the Environment (CFE). Students will have opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations such as the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountains National Forest, and NH Department of Environmental Services.Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for graduate research assistantships (GRA).

For academic year 2014-15, we anticipate GRAs in the following areas:

  1. One assistantship associated with a high temporal and spatial resolution water electrical conductance and temperature sensing network (, which is part of the larger Ecosystems and Society project in New Hampshire ( This opportunity is for a student with excellent quantitative skills, and an interest in developing and analyzing large in situ sensed hydrologic data. Please contact Mark Green before applying for this position and to seek more information about the project.
  2. One assistantship to work on a social science and policy project in the Gulf of Maine. We are looking for a student with an understanding of both environmental science and policy and interest in working with stakeholders to join a new National Science Foundation collaborative project between the States of Maine and New Hampshire.  More information can be found here: The student will be working with other researchers in both states as well as local, community stakeholders around the social science issues relevant to the closure of shellfish beds and beach advisories.  Please contact Shannon Rogers before applying for this position and to seek more information about the project.
  3. Two GRAs may be available through CFE and the Department of ESP in the areas of hydrology, environmental social sciences, ecosystem services, climate change, ecological economics, limnogeology, or a combination of those topics. Students receiving assistantships will conduct field sampling, analytical, and/or theoretical work on projects related to our mission. For more information about this position, contact Joseph Boyer before applying.

All GRAs are for students accepted into the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy and provide an excellent opportunity to work with a broader cohort of students and their mentors. GRAs typically provide a stipend of $8-15K and up to 15 credits of tuition per year.

Applications to the MS in ESP are submitted to PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. To be considered for a GRA for students in the MS in ESP, please submit a statement of interest and a current resume/CV to Betsy Ayotte. The priority deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. For more information about the MS in ESP, please contact June Hammond Rowan, MS ESP Program Coordinator and Associate Director of CFE.