Graduate Assistantships

Center for Water and the Environment Graduate Research Assistantships

The Center for Water and the Environment at the University of New Mexico has up to 6 open graduate research assistantships available for highly qualified M.S. or Ph.D. students starting in Fall, 2016.  The assistantships will be funded by a National Science Foundation grant from the CREST (Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology) program, which is focused on performing world class research on water and energy issues while expanding the presence of historically underrepresented groups in science and engineering disciplines.  Only U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents can be funded under this program.  Students from groups underrepresented in engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.  Excellent communication skills are required.  Students whom have completed a B.S. or M.S. degree in environmental, chemical, or civil engineering will be considered for the following positions:

  • Laboratory investigation of the microbiology of biofilm systems to improve removal of emerging contaminants and nutrients for sustainable wastewater treatment.
  • Laboratory investigation of the removal of emerging contaminants by manganese-oxide coated granular media.
  • Systems modeling of water reuse for agriculture, including energy consumption and technological choices for resource recovery from wastewater.
  • Field research of the fate of nutrients at the interface of agricultural and aquatic systems in arid environments.
  • Field and laboratory research on the chemistry, transport, and treatment of inorganic constituents in water associated with mining of uranium and other ores in arid environments.

Instructions to apply for the above positions are at

Students whom have completed a B.S. or an M.S. degree in a STEM field and are seeking a Ph.D. in economics with an emphasis in resources will be considered for the following positions:

  • Integrated modeling of water demand for energy, tradeoffs for traditional use, environmental impacts, and the economic impact of alternate scenarios.
  • Dynamic modeling of environmental and water tradeoffs in water constrained areas.

Instructions to apply for these positions are at    

 To be considered, identify in your Letter of Intent that you are interested in CREST and list the specific area or areas above that you are interested in.  For best consideration, apply by March 1.  More information about the Center is available at  UNM is New Mexico’s flagship university and the only university in the state with the Carnegie Foundation’s highest classification for research activity.  UNM is located in Albuquerque, a beautiful city that boasts a desirable climate, stunning landscape, and a multicultural heritage. Albuquerque is perfect for outdoor activities including hiking, biking, camping, rafting, and skiing.  For more information about the assistantships or research areas, contact Dr. Kerry Howe (Director, CWE) at

CE Department Graduate Fellowships for Academic and Research Excellence

The Civil Engineering Department is seeking outstanding graduate students for Department Fellowships for Academic and Research Excellence. These fellowships are offered to applicants of our graduate program with exceptional academic qualifications that are not otherwise being offered support from faculty grants or other funds. The criteria for these competitive fellowships include:

  • A strong nomination by one or more departmental faculty
  • Previous academic performance
  • GRE scores
  • Research experience and performance
  • Submission of complete application to UNM by due date

Applicants wishing to be considered for these fellowships do not submit any additional paperwork, but they do need to have their completed application (including official GRE scores and letters of recommendation) to UNM by the required due date. Faculty will review the applications and provide written nominations for these fellowships. For this reason, it may be helpful for an applicant to contact one or more faculty directly about possible research areas to help ensure that appropriate nomination letters are submitted on the applicant’s behalf. The recipients will be selected by the Department Graduate Program Committee.

Application deadline for students starting in the fall: January 31

Application deadline for students starting in the spring: September 1