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Annis Water Resources Institute Graduate Research Assistantship

The Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) has Graduate Research Assistantships available to full-time students interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in aquatic sciences.  Graduate assistantships include a generous 12-month stipend that is eligible for annual renewal.  Accepted applicants will assist with research projects conducted by faculty and staff at AWRI in addition to performing research related to their thesis/project. 

AWRI maintains state-of-the-art analytical and GIS laboratories, and has two research vessels and several smaller watercraft.  AWRI is located on Muskegon Lake in Muskegon, MI, on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The Institute is located approximately 30 miles from the main campus of GVSU. 

To be eligible for consideration, students must be accepted to the Master of Science degree program in the Department of Biology at GVSU as a full-time student, and a faculty member at the AWRI must serve as their major advisor.  Please visit the AWRI website ( for more information on the application process (graduate studies) and on our faculty, facilities, research programs, and educational/outreach initiatives.  More information about the Master of Science Program is available at the Biology website (

Contact: Alan Steinman,; (616) 331-3749 or Eric Snyder,; (616) 331-2417

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Internship Opportunity

AWRI is now accepting applications for the Herbert L. VanderMey internship for the winter 2017 semester! Applicants must be a GVSU undergraduate student majoring in the sciences. The successful intern will spend an average of 12 hours per week working on AWRI projects for 15 weeks during the winter semester and will be compensated up to $2,000. Click here to view the full announcement, see a list of applicable majors, and download the application form. Applications are due Friday, November 4.

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