MA or PhD: Evaluating the performance of water management institutions in snow-fed river basins in the western United States under climate change

University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Position Description: Dr. Elizabeth Koebele (Dept. of Political Science, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences) and Dr. Loretta Singletary (Cooperative Extension, Dept. of Economics) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), are seeking a graduate student research assistant (GRA) to work on an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project evaluating the performance of water management institutions in snow-fed river basins in the western United States under climate change (project website: SNOWPACS). The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Award #2018-69011-28369. The duties of the position, which will begin in Fall 2021,include the collection, analysis, and synthesis of qualitative and quantitative social science data, and dependent on the student’s skill set, the integration of social data with hydrologic or economic data and models being developed by other researchers on the project team. 

This 20-hour/week, 12-month assistantship is available to a student who seeks to pursue either an MA or PhD in UNR’s Political Science Department with the sub-field of public policy, or an MS or PhD in UNR’s interdisciplinary Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences. NOTE: The applicant must meet basic admission requirements for their graduate program of choice, apply separately to the program by the priority funding deadline for Fall 2021, and be admitted into the program for Fall 2021 in order to be eligible for the assistantship. Admission requirements and timelines vary by program. A prior degree or work experience in the field of water resources management or policy, or a related field, is preferred. Students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, tuition for 9 credits/semester, and health insurance. It is renewable for 1 additional year (2 years total) contingent on satisfactory progress in the GRA position and toward the chosen degree. The University of Nevada, Reno, is an R1 research university located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, about 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and 3.5 hours from San Francisco. The Reno-Tahoe area boasts world-class skiing, biking, and hiking, among other recreational activities.

To apply for this assistantship, please send the following to Dr. Koebele ( /" target="_blank"> ) by December 1, 2020: 1) a full CV or resume, and 2) a statement of no more than two pages describing your qualifications and interest in the position, as well as the degree program to which you intend to apply. Drs. Koebele and Singletary will jointly review all applications on a rolling basis through the deadline and interview finalists in December/January. Please review the UNR Graduate School’s webpage for additional information about admissions requirements, eligibility for graduate assistantships, and living in Reno. You can read more about Dr. Koebele’s interdisciplinary research group at