Penn State College PPEM Grad Assistantships

Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) at Penn State College is offering Graduate research assistantships. Candidates with strong demonstrated intellectual merit, outstanding GPA and GRE test scores, and laboratory research experiences that have led to creative accomplishments are encouraged to apply.  Both master’s and doctoral assistantships are available. Graduate assistantships will provide a stipend, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance and the candidates will work with any of their nationally-recognized research programs.

The Plant Pathology Association (PPA) is an organization designed for graduate students in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.


  • To be eligible for PPEM Grad Assistantships, the candidates are required to take admission in graduate school at Penn State
  • For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold a degree from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.  Degree must be a:
  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or
  2. Tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

How to Apply:

The candidates can apply through the given link:

  • Prospective Graduate Students
  1. If you already have an active Access Account ID from Penn State (xyz5002), you should use it to begin a new application or modify an existing application by clicking the Login with Existing Account button.
  2. If you don’t have an account at Penn State, create one now to begin your application.
  • Returning Graduate Students
  1. If your Penn State Access Account ID is still active (you were enrolled within the past 6 months or you have already reactivated your access account), use the Login with Existing Account
  2. If you have not been enrolled as a Penn State student in over 6 months, your access account has likely been deactivated.  Please use the Create a New Account button to reactivate your account. You will be asked to enter identification information to verify that the account you are reactivating is yours.

Supporting Documents:

The following documents will be collected electronically as part of the Graduate School application process:

  • Transcripts as part of the online application process, applicants are required to electronically upload official copies of transcripts (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues and/or teachers who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s character and qualifications as they relate to potential to succeed in an advanced graduate degree program.
  • Statement of purpose for proposed a graduate study. The applicant must submit a one-page statement (two pages maximum) describing his/her purpose in pursuing graduate study.
  • Curriculum Vitae |  Resume
  • GRE Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission. Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology does not use department codes.
  • TOEFL scores (International Applicants Only)The language of instruction at Penn State is English. International applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Graduate assistantships provide a stipend, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance. All available assistantships are controlled by individual faculty members who may or may not have an open assistantship to offer at a particular time.
  • The candidates will work with any of their nationally-recognized research programs. The link is:

Application Deadline:

Application deadline is December 15, 2016.

Link for More Information:

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