Funded Graduate Assistantship

Villanova University

The Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University invites applications for a graduate student to participate in a NOAA-funded research project investigating why tornado disaster potential and mortality is greater in the Southeast compared to any other U.S. region. Overall, the project is focused on developing tangible and actionable solutions to the Southeast tornado problem, especially for the region’s more vulnerable demographics. We seek 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 lead and work alongside undergraduates who are assisting on research aimed at uncovering the relationships between tornado risk, warnings, reports, and societal vulnerability. The candidate will also develop a thesis project that supports this funded NOAA project.

The successful candidate must: (1) fulfill all admission requirements for the MS in Environmental Science program and the Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University; (2) have a BS in environmental science, atmospheric science, geography, earth sciences, or related discipline; (3) have existing or be willing to develop their geographic information system (GIS) skillset; and (4) be willing to lead a group of and work alongside undergraduate students to solve problems central to the project goals.

We welcome and encourage applicants from groups historically underrepresented in STEM and Environmental Science. The fully funded student position (stipend + tuition waiver) is available starting August 2022. Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order, located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metro region. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of the University’s and the Department’s missions.

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. Stephen Strader ( For full programmatic requirements see here. In addition, we ask the candidate to also apply to the program using the prior link officially by 1 February 2022. Only those students who officially apply to the MSES program through the Graduate School by 1 February 2022 will be considered. Note: Please indicate in your application materials that you wish to be considered for “Dr. Strader’s NOAA grant funding”. Applications will be reviewed beginning 1 February 2022, with funding decisions made by 1 April 2022.

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