Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center
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Fred M. van Eck Scholarships

The Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) at Purdue University is seeking outstanding candidates interested in working toward M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Areas of research include: conservation and population genetics; forest tree breeding; development of plant tissue culture and genetic modification technologies for tree improvement; forest entomology; forest ecology; silviculture; and regeneration and restoration of forest lands.

Qualifications: Candidates should have well developed quantitative skills and knowledge and experience in biological sciences such as forestry, horticulture, botany, plant biology, genetics, physiology, entomology, or pathology. Candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.4 and GRE scores averaging above the 60th percentile.

Assistantships will be awarded at $18,960 (M.S.) and $21,755 (Ph.D.) per year. In addition, an annual research budget ($10,000) will be available for research support and a laptop computer will be provided for the duration of the scholarship.

Fred M. van Eck Foundation for Purdue University:  Funding for the van Eck Scholarships is provided by the Fred M. van Eck Foundation for Purdue University whose purpose is to support research in the genetic improvement of high-value North American hardwood tree species.

Applications or Additional Information: For fall semester, (August 2017), applications must be received by Novmeber 15, 2016 (M.S. and Ph.D). Prior to submitting a formal application, identify and communicate with one of these principal investigators as your potential adviser. Visit for more information about the center, our research programs and scientists.

Applicants must mail a short (one page) letter of interest, resume, cumulative GPA, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (international students only) and three letters of reference to Purdue University Graduate School and indicate the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Graduate Assistantships

Support for graduate studies comes from a variety of sources, including: competitive departmental or university assistantships and fellowships, graduate training grants, National Science Foundation (NSF) or other externally funded fellowship programs and research grants. See the FNR department graduate pages for more information on funding opportunities.


The department has a variety of career resources available to graduates. See the FNR department Careers page for more information.

About us: HTIRC is a collaborative regional research organization of industry, state and federal agency and university partners, administratively located in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. Its purpose is to improve the genetic quality and regeneration success of North American hardwood tree species.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer.

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