Graduate Research Studies in Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Forest Bioproducts, University of Maine [USA]

Graduate Research Studies in Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Forest Bioproducts, University of Maine, USA

Location: University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

There are three possible ways to support your Graduate Studies in Industrial Ecology, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability of Biofuels and Bioproducts at the University of Maine, USA.

1. Annual Scholarships from the following foundations but you need to apply for scholarships and admission as soon as possible. Applying for admission is different from applying for scholarships. For scholarship purposes, if your research interests fit with my interests, I am willing to support your application and write a letter of support for your graduate studies or research at the University of Maine. Scholarships details are available in the following websites. Take note of their own deadlines.

2. Research Assistantships with annual stipends depending on research budget approval and successful research grants. Check deadline below.

3. You pay your graduate studies personally

Graduate Studies at the University of Maine is available for any student of any academic background (e.g. natural science, forestry, agriculture or chemical or environmental engineering, or economics, industrial and systems engineering, etc. ). This is only open to students who are interested to pursue graduate studies at masters or PhD level in the area of environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology of forest bio-products (e.g. bio-fuels, bio-chemicals). Industrial ecology, LCA, sustainability of biofuels and bioproducts belong to the fields of environment, natural resource management, biotechnology, bioenergy or other development related subjects. A background in LCA, materials flow analysis (MFA) or industrial ecology is preferred. However, successful applicants should be willing to learn the fundamental concepts/principles of LCA, MFA or industrial ecology to pursue this challenging research in sustainability science. Applicant should have or develop good analytical and, database skills, knowledge of basic statistics and probability and be willing to learn new software packages (e.g. SIMAPRO, GABI, STELLA, Powersim). It is also desirable that he/she has taken or will take a course in systems dynamics, modeling and simulation.

This interdisciplinary research investigates the economic, social and environmental impacts of harnessing the forest resources or any other alternative biomass as a source of bio-fuels, bio-chemicals, bio-plastics, and bio-materials. This research involves close collaboration with resource based industries, government agencies, and the other departments at the University of Maine.

If you are interested to do graduate studies at the University of Maine, you need to apply for admission as soon as possible at the University of Maine website.

You can check the details of my research at this link.

If you are an international student or a student who are not currently studying in the USA, in addition to Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results, you should also have TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language)/IELTS results for admission purposes.

To express your interest for my research projects, or for further information, contact Anthony Halog at anthony.halog[ at ]maine.edu, (207) 581-2944 (tel.) or (207) 581-2875 (fax).

Deadline for Research Assistantships: 30 April 2009

Deadline for Admission: As soon as possible

Deadline for Scholarships from Foundations: Check their websites and follow their instructions carefully