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Graduate Assistantship at Iowa State University

A graduate assistantship, for a Ph.D. candidate, is available in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University.  This assistantship is funded through the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grant’s program of the United States Department of Agriculture, and will focus on the evolution of resistance to transgenic corn by western corn rootworm, one of the most serious agricultural pests in the United States.  The specific objectives of the project are to 1) characterize resistance to transgenic corn in field populations of western corn rootworm, 2) measure the inheritance and fitness trade-offs of resistance traits, and 3) apply quantitative trait locus mapping and genomic approaches to determine the genetic basis of resistance.  This assistantship will cover tuition, stipend and health insurance.  Iowa State University is ranked among the top universities in the world for the study of agriculture, and graduates from the Department of Entomology have career opportunities in academia, government and industry.  Iowa State University is located in the city of Ames, which is ranked among the best cities to live in the United States.  To learn more about the Department of Entomology, visit .  If you are interested in this assistantship, please contact Aaron Gassmann (


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