Graduate Programs


Biological & Ecological Engineering – Water Resources Engineering – Water Resources Science


What is being offered? Each of the positions detailed below is intended to be filled by a funded assistantship that includes a stipend, tuition waiver, benefits, and more.

What positions are open? Funded positions for which we are seeking MS and/or PhD students include:

  1. Managed Aquifer Recharge (Advisor: S. Sasidharan). Seeking a student interested in integration of geophysical studies (hydrogeophysics), vadose zone hydrology, and hydrogeology with applications to managed aquifer recharge.
  2. Recycled Wastewater for Aquifer Recharge (Advisor: S. Sasidharan). Seeking a student interested in assessment of the potential for treated wastewater from industrial, agricultural, and/or municipal operations to be used for managed aquifer recharge as part of sustainable groundwater supplies.
  3. Dissolved oxygen in river networks (Advisor: A. Ward). Seeking a student to focus on the dynamics and spatial patterns of dissolved oxygen at scales ranging from individual hyporheic flowpaths through regional river networks. The project will include both field-based observations and experiments as well as numerical model development.
  4. Bioreactor control for resource recovery (Advisor: H. Liu). Seeking a student interested in operation and control of bioreactors to recovery resources from waste streams. Applications include waste streams from breweries, agricultural operations, and/or food system processes. This project includes hands-on, bench- and pilot-scale applications.
  5. Biosystems Modeling / Crop Modeling of Hemp (Advisors: J. Bolte & A. Ward). Funded by the USDA, this student will modify existing crop and biosystems models to include hemp as part of crop rotations on marginal lands. The student will gain expertise in modeling of coupled human-natural systems, crops, and biosystems working alongside a team of multiple faculty and funded students.
  6. Landscape & Climate Controls on Hemp Production & Ecosystem Services (Advisors: S. Good & A. Ward). Funded by the USDA, this student will assess the carbon, nitrogen, water, and energy balance impacts of hemp as part of a crop rotation in the Pacific Northwest. Remote sensing, data assimilation, machine learning, and data science tools will be used to integrate biosystems models, direct observations, and scenario simulations in collaboration  with a team of multiple faculty and funded students.
  7. Agrivoltaics & Integrated Ag-Energy Systems (Advisor: C. Higgins). The co-production of food and energy using solar panels, or Agrivoltaics, is a rapidly growing area of interest in sustainable food and energy production.  Dr. Higgins directs one of the largest Agrivoltaics arrays for research in the nation (see recent news articles here & here). The student in this role will integrate field and modeling studies to document the benefits of Agrivoltaics and optimize their use in our food and energy systems.

Want to learn more? Students interested in these positions should reach out to the advisors listed above, and can learn more about our graduate programs here.

The Biological & Ecological Engineering department offers BEE programs leading to M.S., M.Eng, and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering.

Our policy is that students can be accepted into the program at any time during the year and it is possible that support from sponsored research can become available throughout the year.  Most students begin this program Fall Term and there are advantages with an early application in terms of assistantships and finding an advisor. However, we recommend that students applying for Fall Term have their application packets completed by December 15th of the year prior, for FULL consideration.  If you decide to apply any other time, it is in your best interest to find an advisor before submitting your application.  You can submit an application after that date but opportunities for being accepted are greater at that time.

The Biological & Ecological Engineering Department offers the following graduate degrees:

We appreciate your interest in our program and we hope you decide to join us!

You will find detailed information about the application process, deadlines and university requirements on the Graduate Admissions site.  Please follow the directions on that OSU webpage if you decide to submit a formal application. The department application deadline for a domestic student is the same as the university requirement and that is no later than one month before the desired starting term – an international student is required to submit an application three months before the desired starting term.  For both domestic and international students, an early application will increase your chances of finding an advisor and financial support.

Graduate School forms

Travel and reimbursement forms

Faculty form: Graduate Learning Outcome - Defense Assessment

Accelerated Masters Forms:

The AMP application requires a "tentative plan of study that identifies up to 22 credits that will apply as transfer credits towards the graduate degree; and additional planned courses to be completed after full admission to graduate degree. The plan must be signed by the graduate advisor for non-thesis master's programs or the major professor/advisor for thesis-based master's programs. Your program advisor will supply the form. Please include the projected term of completion of the Bachelor’s degree requirements. (Note: This does not replace the Program of Study.)

Having an open and honest relationship between the major professor and the student is central to the success of a graduate experience. The student should feel free to discuss successes and problems, mistakes, or disappointments with the major professor. Throughout research and coursework, there are bound to be instances where things go wrong and this is to be expected. The sooner a problem is discussed, the sooner it can be resolved.

If you would like to share advice or recommendations on how your relationship with your major professor may be improved, you may do so in any way that works for you, including anonymous commentaries through the Department Head, Adam Ward.  If differences cannot be resolved or you feel that you would be better served by a different major advisor, it is possible that you change major advisors.