Prospective graduate students


We are recruiting new students to begin in Fall 2020! Details below.

Graduate Assistant Positions in Environmental Social Sciences

The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources invites applicants for graduate student assistantships under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Sintov beginning in academic year 2020-2021. Positions are available for PhD or MS level studies in Environmental Social Sciences with a specific focus on promoting pro-environmental behavior in the context of the energy transformation.

Multiple research project opportunities are available. Examples are provided below; see Projects section of website for additional examples.

  1. Energy Interactions. Examines the role of interpersonal interactions in energy use and other pro-environmental behaviors.
  2. Understanding and encouraging electric vehicle adoption. We have several projects examining the influences of identity and status on electric vehicle adoption. For instance, in partnership with the city-wide Smart Columbus “Ride and Drive” initiative, we’re investigating the roles of anticipated and experienced status boosts on electric vehicle adoption.
  3. Feedback on household-level Food (F) – Energy (E) – Water (W) Footprints (FEWprints). This project experimentally investigates the cognitive and emotional processes involved in feedback intervention contexts.

OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Social Sciences curriculum includes foundational training in the appropriate 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, and/or communication) and a record of academic excellence at the undergraduate, and if applicable, graduate levels (>3.5 GPA and >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 December 1, 2019. 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, 2020 (domestic applicants) or December 15, 2019 (international applicants). Details about the application process are available here.