Graduate Students

Interested in graduate work with the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation?


The CSSC encourages applications from highly-motivated students with a passion for research on topics closely matching those investigated by us (see Research Projects). Competition for limited positions is intense, so applicants are expected to provide concrete evidence of academic achievement, technical training/research involvement, and especially dedication to scientific inquiry and professional development. Funding opportunities for new graduate students depend on availability of research assistantships.

History reveals that the most successful graduate students are those that enter the program with a natural sense of curiosity and a strong desire to conduct research, publish findings, and obtain a position in a science-related profession. Read "The Graduate School Journey" for Dr. Stunz's philosophy on the graduate student experience.

More information about graduate programs can be obtained from the departmental and graduate studies web pages or from a graduate advisor. Details can be found at the Marine Biology Program, Department of Life Sciences, and Graduate Studies web pages.


Interested in gaining undergraduate research experience with the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation?

The CSSC encourages undergraduate students who are interested in gaining fisheries experience in the lab or field to contact us. We seek highly-motivated undergraduate students who are enthusiastic and willing to learn. Most of this works occurs through volunteer, paid student-worker positions, or internships, and is often the first opportunity for students to gain necessary experience for their future career. Our philosophy for undergraduates working in the CSSC is that students should try and gain as much experience as possible and have the willingness and enthusiasm to help with numerous tasks in the field and laboratory. We involve undergraduates in real-world research experiences; thus, we expect high quality work and dedication. Additionally, students will gain a better understanding of how to become a scientist and are better prepared to be successful in their academic programs. However, we recognize that a student’s undergraduate coursework is their main priority, and we typically accommodate work schedules to not impede academic success. Read the “Undergraduate Volunteer Expectations” for more details about volunteering with the CSSC.

Competition for limited positions is intense, so undergraduates typically start as volunteers. The volunteer experience is important to gain an understanding of the type of work we do and level of expectation before starting in a more formal position. There are frequently full-time internships available during the summer (June – Aug). Contact us early in the spring semester to inquire about the availability. There are also numerous College of Science and Engineering undergraduate internship programs, and we encourage undergraduate students to apply to those programs as appropriate. See for more information.

The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation is a center at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies where Dr. Greg Stunz is also the Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health...


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