Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Graduate students in the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (TN CFRU) earn either a Master of Science degree in the Department of Biology or a PhD in Environmental Science. Annual stipends for research assistantships are competitive; all tuition and fees are waived. All graduate students must conduct research in addition to completing course work chosen in consultation with an advisory committee. All students in the TN CFRU are supported by research assistantships. Most students assist each other on their projects, thus increasing their research experience and opportunities. All students must deliver at least one seminar at the completion of their research, as well as complete a written thesis and successfully defend it in front of their advisory committee. Students frequently help write a technical final report to fulfill the requirements of the contracts that funded their research. Students usually are expected to give at least one talk about their research at a professional meeting. All students are encouraged to participate in professional societies and university functions.

Courses Taught

  • Fish and Wildlife Biometrics (Mark Rogers 2018)
  • Professional Development Practical skills for professional development such as networking, résumés and interviews, career options, stress management, work productivity, ethical conduct, peer review, written and oral communication, leadership and group dynamics, and public outreach. Students in BIO/ESS 6800 will discuss additional topics such as graduate school success, scientific writing, and job interviews while students in EVS 7800 will discuss additional topics such as comprehensive exams, dissertation defenses, teaching/research philosophies, and faculty interviews. (Amanda Rosenberger 2018)
  • Independent Study in Malacology, TN Tech Students helping with covering identification and cataloguing of mussels and helping with identifying important papers in malacology to assist in preparation for teaching official Malacology Course in Fall of 2019. (Amanda Rosenberger 2018)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 39

Presentations: 86

 

Featured Student

Kayla Key
PhD

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Tennessee Technological University
  2. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey