Assistantships

The Department of Horticulture invites applications to our MS and PhD programs. Our graduate program emphasizes scientific study and original research. Each student’s program is tailored to meet the needs of that student. Graduates from our program are targeted to fill positions in academia, government, international organizations, and the private sector.

Prospective students can choose among the major commodity areas of fruit and nut crops, vegetables, and ornamentals. Within these commodities, specialization is available in many areas, including environmental conservation, plant physiology, post-harvest, plant development, plant nutrition, biochemistry, product utilization, pest management, sustainable horticulture, breeding, and biotechnology. Departmental assistantships, which include tuition waivers, are available for graduate students starting in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2019.

Applications will be evaluated based on the academic strength and research background of the applicant, as well as the fit with ongoing research programs in the department. For more information, see http://www.caes.uga.edu/departments/horticulture/graduate.html or contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Marc van Iersel. Applications must be submitted on-line at the Graduate School Apply Now page.

All graduate assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver. Graduate students also have health insurance through the university. Graduate students pay a $25 matriculation fee/semester, as well as any university fees. For more information about fees, see: http://busfin.uga.edu/bursar/bursar_tuition_1819/.


Dayton Wilde Professor; Areas of Interest: Molecular biology
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Organic Farm 2012

Available positions

Graduate Research Assistantship 

University of Georgia – Tifton Campus

Department of Horticulture

Description:

The University of Georgia is seeking a qualified individual to pursue a doctoral degree in Horticulture.  This position is primarily located in Tifton, GA and will provide financial support through a graduate research assistantship (tuition waiver, health insurance, and annual stipend).  Research will focus on managing whitefly and whitefly transmitted viruses in tomato, squash, and green beans.  The student will be expected to conduct field trial germplasm screenings in these crops for resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus and cucurbit leaf crumple virus.  In addition, the individual would collect virus samples in commercial vegetable fields throughout Georgia to identify virus strains and virus complexes.  The last scope of the project would identify weeds that serve as alternative hosts to whitefly transmitted viruses in vegetable crops.  Ideally the position will begin Spring 2022, but no later than summer 2022.     

Student Assistantship Application Information

Two MS positions: Peach and blueberry research

Position availability: Spring 2021

The University of Georgia, Department of Horticulture is seeking applicants for two MS students. The students will join research efforts focused on the Peach Research and Extension program and the Fruit Production and Genetics program in Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA with direct interaction with growers in Georgia. Two assistantships including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver are available. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Dario Chavez (dchavez@uga.edu) and Dr. Rachel Itle (ritle@uga.edu) directly with ‘MS Graduate Assistantship’ in the subject line with the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score plus TOEFL (if applicable), 4) official transcripts, and 5) at least three letters of recommendation. All this information should be submitted by October 1, 2020 (*international student deadline September 1, 2020). Topics of research includes cold hardiness and freeze protection strategies for peaches and blueberries. Learn more about the Chavez Lab.

PhD position: Blossom-end rot in tomatoes and peppers

Position availability: Spring 2021

Dr. Nambeesan is seeking applications for a highly motivated Ph.D. student for Spring 2021 to work on blossom-end rot in tomatoes and peppers. Blossom-end rot is a physiological disorder that causes yield losses by up to 40% in these crops. Localized deficiency of calcium in certain subcellular compartments during fruit growth appears to be the primary reason for the development of this disorder. The student will investigate developmental factors such as fruit/cell growth and vascular development, subcellular distribution of calcium, and the role of hormones in the development of this disorder. There will be opportunities to integrate genetics and transcriptomics in these projects. These projects will also provide the student an opportunity to perform outreach related activities. The student will actively interact with a vibrant plant science community across the University. The position is located on the Athens Campus.

Students who apply for this position should have a strong training in one of the related fields: molecular biology, transformation, genetics or genomics. The student will work in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. For more information on this position, email Dr. Savithri Nambeesan at sunamb@uga.edu along with a statement of purpose, CV, unofficial transcripts, and TOEFL scores (if required).Available positions

Graduate Research Assistantship 

University of Georgia – Tifton Campus

Department of Horticulture

Description:

The University of Georgia is seeking a qualified individual to pursue a doctoral degree in Horticulture.  This position is primarily located in Tifton, GA and will provide financial support through a graduate research assistantship (tuition waiver, health insurance, and annual stipend).  Research will focus on managing whitefly and whitefly transmitted viruses in tomato, squash, and green beans.  The student will be expected to conduct field trial germplasm screenings in these crops for resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus and cucurbit leaf crumple virus.  In addition, the individual would collect virus samples in commercial vegetable fields throughout Georgia to identify virus strains and virus complexes.  The last scope of the project would identify weeds that serve as alternative hosts to whitefly transmitted viruses in vegetable crops.  Ideally the position will begin Spring 2022, but no later than summer 2022.     

Student Assistantship Application Information

Two MS positions: Peach and blueberry research

Position availability: Spring 2021

The University of Georgia, Department of Horticulture is seeking applicants for two MS students. The students will join research efforts focused on the Peach Research and Extension program and the Fruit Production and Genetics program in Griffin Campus, Griffin, GA with direct interaction with growers in Georgia. Two assistantships including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver are available. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Dario Chavez (dchavez@uga.edu) and Dr. Rachel Itle (ritle@uga.edu) directly with ‘MS Graduate Assistantship’ in the subject line with the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score plus TOEFL (if applicable), 4) official transcripts, and 5) at least three letters of recommendation. All this information should be submitted by October 1, 2020 (*international student deadline September 1, 2020). Topics of research includes cold hardiness and freeze protection strategies for peaches and blueberries. Learn more about the Chavez Lab.

PhD position: Blossom-end rot in tomatoes and peppers

Position availability: Spring 2021

Dr. Nambeesan is seeking applications for a highly motivated Ph.D. student for Spring 2021 to work on blossom-end rot in tomatoes and peppers. Blossom-end rot is a physiological disorder that causes yield losses by up to 40% in these crops. Localized deficiency of calcium in certain subcellular compartments during fruit growth appears to be the primary reason for the development of this disorder. The student will investigate developmental factors such as fruit/cell growth and vascular development, subcellular distribution of calcium, and the role of hormones in the development of this disorder. There will be opportunities to integrate genetics and transcriptomics in these projects. These projects will also provide the student an opportunity to perform outreach related activities. The student will actively interact with a vibrant plant science community across the University. The position is located on the Athens Campus.

Students who apply for this position should have a strong training in one of the related fields: molecular biology, transformation, genetics or genomics. The student will work in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. For more information on this position, email Dr. Savithri Nambeesan at sunamb@uga.edu along with a statement of purpose, CV, unofficial transcripts, and TOEFL scores (if required).