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Catfish Project Assistantship

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, AR

Application Deadline: October 30th, 2017.


The Aquaculture/Fisheries Center (AQFI) of Excellence at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is recognized as a leader in aquaculture/fisheries teaching, research and extension programs. It is the only comprehensive aquaculture program within the University of Arkansas System to support the state's $61 million aquaculture industry. We have a vibrant natural fisheries component that provides scientific support to the recreational fishing industry that has an economic impact of over $740 million/yr in Arkansas.



We have a wide-ranging research program in aquaculture and natural fisheries conducted by faculty engaged with aquaculture and natural resource stakeholders to solve real-world problems.  Our aquaculture research involves studies in small experimental and large commercial earthen ponds, and laboratory aquaria, larger tanks, and mesocosms.  Natural fisheries research spans the entire spectrum of the state’s waters from small streams and lakes to large reservoirs, and rivers.


For more information, please visit: School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Sciences 



Catfish is the leading aquaculture industry in the U.S. supplying approximately 45% of the total U.S. aquaculture production. The total economic value of the catfish industry is close to $3 billion annually. Aquaculture and Fisheries Center of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has been involved in research for developing new products of U.S. farm-raised catfish based on analyses of consumers’ preferences and the technical and economic feasibility for the industry.


The project focuses on important stages of the ‘product development pathway’ and involved in understanding greater consumer satisfaction and excitement about U.S. farm-raised catfish. The student will develop a thesis on economics and marketing of U.S. farm-raised catfish products, specifically focusing on:


(1) Understanding of changing consumers’ preferences for U.S. farm-raised catfish

(2) Designing new U.S. farm-raised catfish products (including packaging, labeling) for different markets based on changing consumers’ needs in various segments of the domestic market.



(1) B.S. degree in aquaculture/fisheries, aquaculture/fisheries economics and marketing, agricultural economics, applied economics, econometrics, marketing, agribusiness or a related field.

(2) Minimum GPA during the Junior and Senior years of 3.0, and GRE of 297 (verbal + quantitative) are required.

(3) Minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 79 or IELTS score of 6.5 (for international students).

(4) A strong interest in economics and marketing, familiarity with modeling.

(5) GIS and econometric software packages (such as ArcView, STATA, SAS, R, GAMS).

(6) Strong writing skills, excellent work ethic, and demonstrated ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team are required.

(7) Demonstrated experience with management of large databases is desirable.


Year One: $17,800

Year Two: $18,800



Application Deadline: October 30th, 2017.


Application materials are due 30 October 2017, but will be considered until a candidate is selected. Descriptions of application procedures and necessary forms can be found at the UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center website above.


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