At least one of the assistantships below may be of interest - J. Gilbert

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS - Ag & Bio Engineering, Miss. State Univ.

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi
State University is interested in recruiting graduate students who may be
interested in one of the four following areas: biomaterials/
biocompatibility, mathematical modeling of plant canopy physiological
functions, deep tillage energy studies, or environmental issues in
agriculture. Potential students could start as early as July 1, 1996 or as
late as August 14, 1996. Depending upon availability of funds, up to four
assistantships will be awarded on a competitive basis with the monthly
stipend of $800 for a M.S. student or $1100 for a Ph.D. student. Each
assistantship will carry a tuition waiver. -- The selection process will
begin on May 1, 1996.
The research areas for the assistantships is described below:
1. BIOMATERIALS - research into the biocompatibility of implant materials
will be investigated in cell culture studies and possible animal studies.
Research will involve corrosion analysis, microscopy (light and EM), and
cellular/animal studies. Potential commitment for two years. M.S. student
2. CANOPY MODELING - a plant canopy microenvironment simulation model will
be developed to explore interactions between physical, physiological and
environmental parameters as they relate to transport phenomena.
Microsensors will be used to record biophysical parameters in the cotton
canopy microenvironment as input to the model as well as canopy
architecture. Potential commitment for three years. Ph.D. student sought.
3. DEEP TILLAGE ENERGY STUDIES - research will be conducted into the
energy requirements associated with deep tillage planting. Such parameters
as fuel consumption and horsepower requirements will be investigated in
various soil types in order to quantitate energy costs of deep tillage.
Potential commitment for two years. M.S. student sought.
4. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE - topics such as animal waste
management, monitoring of storm runoff, erosion and sediment control, and
off-site movement of nutrients and chemicals in the soil will be
investigated. Potential commitment for two years. M.S. student sought.
Students interested in these assistantships must have a B.S. in an
engineering field with a GPA of 2.75. Applicants not holding a B.S. or
M.S. in engineering will be considered but will be required to take
remedial undergraduate engineering courses). Students must also have a
combined GRE score of 1050 (verbal and quantitative) and a TOEFL score of
550 (if applicable) and meet requirements of the Graduate School for

Contact by May 1st: Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert
Interim Department Head
Ag & Bio Engineering
Mississippi State University
Box 6932
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(601) 325-3282

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color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status.