Graduate Assistantships

Research and teaching assistantships and research fellowships are available to graduate students in the Department of Agronomy. Most students enrolled in Agronomy are supported during their graduate study. Most of the graduate students are appointed to a half-time graduate research assistantship.

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Ag-Climate Science -GRA Position #543

A graduate research assistantship is available for a student to study how climate changes observed and projected from 1981 to 2100 causatively interact with surface water resource dynamics in the Southern U.S. This study includes generating and processing large-volume data sets (as well as satellite data) when conducting statistical and machine learning models. The student will oversee all aspects of large-volume data set manipulations, advanced analysis, data visualization, and publication of results. The student will also work as part of a collaborative team to provide high resolution climate and satellite data for crop production assessment related studies. Candidate will complete coursework necessary for a Ph.D. degree in Agronomy with a thesis topic related to the research described above.

For more information, email Dr. Xiaomao Lin.
Date Available: Spring 2023

 

Plant Breeding & Genetics - GRA Position #544

The research component of this assistantship will be centered on the integration of genomic and phenomic information for prediction of performance of a unique set of winter wheat germplasm derived from the introgression of the ancient ancestors of modern bread wheat, Triticum dicoccoides and Aegilops tauschii. Although genomic selection can now be routinely practiced in applied breeding programs, and complemented by unmanned aerial imagery information, the application of these technologies to an extraordinarily diverse germplasm pool is uncharted territory.

The graduate student engaged in characterization of this germplasm will work cooperatively with USDA-ARS scientists as well as scientists in other disciplines. Trials will be conducted at multiple locations across Kansas, and some travel will be required for field data collection, planting, and harvest operations.

For more information, email Dr. Allan Fritz.
Date Available: Spring 2023

 

Precision Agriculture - GRA Position #545

The K-State Precision Agriculture program is seeking a graduate research assistant interested in investigating topics in Precision Agriculture. Ongoing projects include developing artificial intelligence algorithms to optimize crop inputs such as water and nitrogen as well as development and testing of biodegradable soil moisture and soil nitrate sensors.

For more information, email Dr. Raj Khosla.
Date Available: Spring 2023

 

Plant Breeding & Genetics - GRA Position #549

The research component of this assistantship will be centered on the end use quality performance of a unique set of winter wheat germplasm derived from the introgression of the ancient ancestor of modern bread wheat, Triticum dicoccoides. Research will involve laboratory characterization of protein quality and quantity and the effect on gluten strength of flour.

The graduate student engaged in characterization of this germplasm will work cooperatively with USDA-ARS scientists as well as scientists in other disciplines. Field trials will be conducted at multiple locations across Kansas, and some travel will be required for field data collection, planting, and harvest operations.

For more information, email Dr. Allan Fritz.
Date Available: Spring 2023