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Students conduct research at the Wabikon plot.
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Research Opportunities for Students

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity offers several ways that students can become involved in research projects including educational as well as technical positions. In addition to the opportunities listed below, students should contact faculty that are working in their areas of interest. Faculty often have volunteer or paid positions in their labs.

Cofrin Research Grants

Grants are available to support independent student research projects conducted within the Cofrin Arboretum and the UW-Green Bay Natural Areas, including Toft Point and Peninsula Center in Door County, Point au Sable in Brown County, and Kingfisher Farm in Manitowoc County. An additional grant is available for research at other natural areas in the western Great Lakes area. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible although preference will be given to undergraduates.

Successful applicants will carry out a field project in collaboration with a UW-Green Bay faculty member and must submit a final report, copies of all data, and any specimen vouchers. Grantees will present their results in an Annual Research Symposium, held the last week of February. Funding for each project typically ranges from $500 - $1000 and can be used for travel costs, field equipment, and research supplies. Depending on availability of funds, a small stipend is sometimes included. For more information see the Cofrin Grants section of our website.

NAS Heirloom Fund Grants

Undergraduate students with a major in Natural & Applied Sciences and graduate students in Environmental Science & Policy with an NAS sponsor can apply for travel money to attend conferences and workshops, or grant money to support independent research activities. Funds are also available to bring visiting scientists to UW Green Bay. See the Heirloom Grants page for more information.

Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Research Assistantships

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) announces two Graduate Research Assistantships for students pursuing the Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). The purpose of these Graduate Assistantships is to support students who contribute to the mission of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Center and to help train professionals in the fields of biodiversity science and conservation. Each graduate assistant will be required to conduct research or related work for a minimum of 20 hours per week during the award period, under the supervision of a faculty or staff member affiliated with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. In most cases, this research will be the basis for the recipient's master's thesis. Preference will be given to research involving ongoing Cofrin Center for Biodiversity projects such as the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot, the Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey, ecology and stewardship of UW-Green Bay natural areas, environmental monitoring in northeastern Wisconsin and the Great Lakes watershed, and diversity of the western Great Lakes flora and fauna, but any faculty-guided research that contributes to conservation of regional or global biodiversity is eligible for consideration. Each Research Assistant will receive an annual stipend equal to that of a teaching assistant (TA) position plus benefits. For more information see the ES&P website.

Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Graduate Assistantship

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) announces a program of Graduate Research Assistantships for students pursuing the Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). The purpose of these Graduate Research Fellowships is to provide outstanding research experience for developing professionals in the fields of environmental science, and environmental policy and administration. Each recipient will conduct research under the supervision on an ES&P faculty member for an average or at least 20 hours per week throughout the award period, and this research will be the basis for the recipient's master's thesis. For more information see the ES&P website.

Other Graduate Student Research Assistantships

Graduate student teaching assistantships in biology, chemistry, and statistics are also available. Other grant funded research assistantships may be available from individual faculty. See the ES&P website for more information.

Museum, Herbarium, and Arboretum Technicians

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity employs advanced undergraduates as part-time technicians to help with curation of specimens in the Richter Museum and the preparation of voucher specimens in the Herbarium. In the summer technicians are hired to help control invasive plants on our natural areas. Interested students should contact Dr. Robert Howe for further information on the availability of positions.