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Graduate Research Assistant

National Science
Foundation-funded collaborative project
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My collaborator, Dr. Aixa Alemán-Díaz of AGU (American Geophysical Union) and I are excited to be recruiting a Graduate Research Assistant for our National Science Foundation-funded collaborative project, titled “Ecologies of Participation in Island Karst Science and Conservation: A Comparative Multimethods Approach” (Award Abstract # 2236151). This project is part of the NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economics Sciences Directorate - Science and Technology Studies Program. It investigates the history, present challenges, and future directions of the exploration and conservation of karst and other natural systems in Puerto Rico. As a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), you would join a dynamic research team headed by Alemán-Díaz and myself, and be funded for two academic years (2024-2025, 2025-2026). During that time, you would be enrolled in the Geography Graduate Program at West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, West Virginia. You can learn more about admissions here (the deadline for application, for a Fall 2024 start date, is January 15, 2024).


1. Have a 4-year Bachelor's Degree/College degree or higher in disciplines such as but not limited to anthropology, geography, history, political science, World Languages and Literature, and/or Women and Gender Studies, with coursework, field experience, or other proven familiarity with Latin American and/or Caribbean history and cultures 2. Be bilingual in Spanish and English 3. Be able to travel to Puerto Rico for 1-2 weeks each year of the GRA position. Some travel locations may include remote destinations with no internet, and include long days of low to moderate strenuous activity outdoors, such as hiking and/or caving as part of a research team carrying out fieldwork in fields such as geomorphology and archaeology. 4. Be able to work independently and take initiative as part of a research team 5. Have the ability to maintain different deadlines/tasks and deliver products with a quick turnaround (Project Management skills)


Experience conducting research and doing fieldwork is preferred but not required. While the GRA offers financial support for 2 years (the typical length of the Masters in Geography Program), you will be expected to apply for external funding to continue your research, especially if you intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree. As a GRA applicant, you will have to apply and be accepted to the WVU Graduate Program of Geography to start Fall 2024. If you meet most or all of the qualifications above and are considering applying, please send me an email to (Subject Line: “NSF PR GRA Inquiry”) and include your resumé or CV as an attachment or a link (for Linkedin or other webpages).

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María Alejandra Pérez Associate Professor of Geography Department of Geology and Geography West Virginia University

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