Graduate Assistantship, Villanova University

Position Title: Graduate Assistantship

Organization: Villanova University

Position Overview: The Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University invites applications for a graduate student to participate with a NOAA-funded research project to assess the sources and sinks of marine debris in southwest Puerto Rico. They are seeking a student who is excited to engage in a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that will culminate in an M.S. degree in Environmental Science. The successful applicant will assist with two aspects of the research: (1) fieldwork in Puerto Rico to collect marine debris from various ecosystems while coordinating with local organizations; and (2) laboratory analyses at Villanova University to quantify the chemical and physical properties of the debris. The fully-funded student position (stipend + tuition waiver) is available starting August 2022.


  • Fulfill all admission requirements for the MS in Environmental Science program and the Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University;
  • Have a BS in environmental science, chemistry, earth sciences, or related discipline;
  • Be willing to travel to a field location, to work independently and with a research team; and
  • Have previous experience with field experiments and/or laboratory analyses related to marine debris are highly desirable.

They especially encourage applications from candidates who are bilingual in Spanish/English, including those with prior knowledge of Puerto Rico and who would like to contribute to Puerto Rico’s scientific research and environmental management. They welcome and encourage applicants from groups historically underrepresented in STEM and Environmental Science.

Application Deadline: Review will start February 1, 2022

How to Apply: To apply, email a cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three references able to speak about your academic experiences to Dr. Lisa Rodrigues. Please provide all documents in a single file as an email attachment. For full programmatic requirements click here