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Graduate Research Assistantships (MSc. or PhD.)

Graduate opportunities for students eligible for acceptance to Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph.
If you are a prospective graduate student to Plant Agriculture and want to learn more please visit the Future Graduate Student's page.


Current Opportunities

Graduate Student Assistantship – PhD or MSc


Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)
Cercospora leaf spot on sugarbeet

We are looking for a M.Sc. student to work on an applied research project on Cercospora leaf spot (Cercospora beticola) on sugarbeet.

The project involves studying the relationship among weather variables, the aerobiology of C. beticola spores, and symptom development on beets. This should help improve the existing BEETcast™ advisory tool (www.michiganbeets.com) which is used by growers to time fungicide applications in Ontario and Michigan. Different fungicide programs, application timings, and methods will also be explored to identify new tools for management of Cercospora leaf spot.

Students should have a B.Sc. in Agriculture, Plant Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, or related fields. Previous summer or co-op work experience in agriculture or microbiology is an asset.

The student will be based at the Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph and study in the Department of Plant Agriculture. However, travel to the Guelph campus for coursework will be required. Ridgetown is located approximately 2 hours from Guelph, 1 hour from London, and 25 minutes from Chatham in southwestern Ontario. Further information on the Ridgetown Campus can be found at www.ridgetownc.com

Interested students should contact:

Dr. Art Schaafsma
Email: aschaafs@uoguelph.ca



Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)
Tree Fruit Physiology/Pomology

The Department of Plant Agriculture seeks applicants to fill a GRA position at the M.Sc. or Ph.D. level in tree fruit research.

Qualifications include a B.Sc. or M.Sc. in a horticulture, botany, plant biology, plant physiology, or soil science-related areas. Coursework or experience in pomology/tree fruit physiology an asset. An annual stipend of $17,000 (M.Sc.) or $17,500 (Ph.D.) will be provided for 2 or 3 years, respectively. To qualify, students must demonstrate that a first-class (grade of "A") academic standing was achieved during the last two completed years of study in addition to the admission requirements of the University (see link below). Additional support may be available subject to qualifications and rewarding of departmental scholarships.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, creative and willing to work in the general areas associated with apple (Malus) culture and physiology tree fruits including, but not limited to, crop load management, rootstock physiology, water relations, plant bio-regulators and their effect on growth and flowering, plant nutrition, irrigation, or soil management. The student will need to travel to the University of Guelph and satellite campus(es) to pursue course work and conduct field/laboratory research as required by their project.

Screening of applicants will continue until a successful candidate is identified.

For information about graduate school admissions visit:

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send letters of inquiry to:

Prof. John Cline
Email: jcline@uoguelph.ca

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Updated: 2013-09-10

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