Prospective Students

OSU Undergrads: 

If you are interested in gaining research experience as an Undergraduate Research Assistant, we are always looking for hardworking students to assist with our projects. Please reach out to Nicole Sintov at if you are interested in joining our lab.

Prospective Graduate Students:

We are considering PhD students to begin in Fall 2021. Please read the below carefully for information and instructions on how to apply.

Graduate Assistantships focusing on Environmental / Conservation Psychology

The Environmental Behavior Change Research Group, at the Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, seeks applicants for graduate student assistantships under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Sintov beginning in academic year 2021-2022 Positions are available for PhD-level studies in Environmental Social Sciences with a specific focus on promoting pro-environmental behavior in the context of the energy transformation.

Opportunities to engage in multiple existing research projects are available. Examples are provided below. For further details:

    1. Investigate the role of interpersonal interactions in energy use and other consumer choices. Joint work with Dr. Grant Donnelly of OSU’s Fisher College of Business.
    2. Examine influences of identity and individual differences on transportation behavior (e.g., electric car adoption).
    3. Examine behavioral spillover in product lifecycle / waste management (e.g., alternative sequencing of packaging/product/disposal choices to eliminate end-of-life plastics).

OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Social Sciences curriculum includes foundational training in several core theoretical areas (psychology, sociology, communication, and/or political science) and related training in research methods and quantitative techniques. Students and faculty may engage in research both within the U.S. and in global settings with research emphasis spanning both theoretical and applied interests. Recent graduates have taken positions in both academic and applied settings (such as government agencies and nongovernmental organizations).

Qualifications: Applicants should have coursework in the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, communication, marketing) or environmental social sciences (e.g., human dimensions of natural resources), and a record of academic excellence at the undergraduate, and if applicable, graduate levels (≥ 3.4 GPA required, ≥ 75th combined percentile in verbal and quantitative GREs preferred). Strong communication (both oral and written) skills are required. Ph.D. applicants should also have social science research experience using quantitative (e.g., survey/experimental design, multivariate statistics) and/or qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups, and analysis) methods.

Support: Positions will include a competitive monthly stipend plus tuition coverage and health insurance. Qualified students may also be considered for teaching assistantships depending on available opportunities. Fellowship support may be possible for outstanding applicants.

To Apply: If interested, please send a statement of purpose and curriculum vitae including undergraduate and graduate GPA as well as GRE scores to Dr. Nicole Sintov at by November 15, 2020. In your statement of purpose, please include relevant information regarding your prior research experience, your research interests and goals, what you hope to gain in the graduate program, why you would like to attend the ENR graduate program, and career goals upon graduating. Potential applicants should be prepared to meet all departmental application requirements by January 1, 2021 (domestic applicants) or December 15, 2020 (international applicants). Details about the application process are available here.