Student Opportunities and Services

Expanding knowledge through experiences

Research opportunities

As a student in the MNAS program, you will have the opportunity to research with faculty members in your areas of emphasis. There are many centers related to the University that provide MNAS students the chance to work on research and environmental
studies outside of the classroom. The facilities and resources page provides additional information on research centers and institutes at Missouri State.

See a sampling of the ground-breaking research by graduate faculty in your program.


It is recommended that you participate in professional development opportunities in the MNAS program. Internships are a great way to network, as well as learn more about prospective employers and careers. Many MNAS students find internships at businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. There are several companies that have hired interns in various emphasis areas of the MNAS program, including 3M, ANPAC Insurance and Jack Henry. Students enrolled in the PSM option are required to complete an internship.

Career services

The Career Center can also provide you with additional information on careers and internships related to your areas of emphasis.

Interdisciplinary forum

The Interdisciplinary Forum is hosted by the Graduate College each spring. This forum features research presentations from graduate students and faculty from around the University, as well as universities around the area. You will have the opportunity to present and showcase the research that you complete during your time in the MNAS program.


Many graduate students prepare thesis projects throughout the University that are related to their academic and professional interests. Below you will find examples of recent graduate work in the sciences:


  • “Farmers’ markets in Missouri Economic Importance and Vendor Characteristics” by Jessica Bailey
  • “Cryopreservation of Asian Elephant Semen in Conjunction with the Use of Spermac® Stain to Evaluate Acrosome Status in both Asian and African Elephants” by Wendy Kiso
  • “Effects of Endophyte-Infected Ground Tall Fescue Seed on the Physiology of Female Meat Goats” by Angie Boyer
  • “Effects of Ergopeptines Associated with Tall Fescue on Post Exercise Recovery of Horses Subjected to an Anaerobic Standard Exercise Test” by Susan Demster
  • “Effect of Centrifugation Techniques on Post Storage Characteristics of Stallion Spermatozoa” by Melissa Dean
  • “Academic Achievement and Graduation Rates of Native and Transfer Students in the Department of Agriculture at Missouri State University” by Randi Manier

Geography, Geology, and Planning

  • “Visualizing Carbon Costs: Salt Lake City, Utah to Wests Yellowstone, Montana, by Carol Minton” 2011 (Chair: Judith Meyer)
  • “Historical Channel Change and Mining-Contaminated Sediment Remobilization in the Lower Big River, Eastern Missouri” by Benjamin Young, 2011 (Chair: Robert Pavlowsky)
  • “Linear Park Commuter Systems: Ozark Greenways Incorporated Case Study” by Corey Brunk, 2010 (Chair: Dimitri Ioannides)
  • “Catastrophic Valley Entrenchment and Debris Fan Formation in the Bluefields River, Westmoreland Jamaica” by William Patrick Dryer, 2010 (Chair: Robert Pavlowsky)
  • “Integrated Watershed Management in Bluefields Bay, Jamaica” by Jackie Ebert, 2010 (Chair: Robert Pavlowsky)
  • “Geochemical Modeling of the Lamotte Sandstone for Carbon Sequestration Purposes, Southwest Missouri” by Lea Nondorf, 2010 (Chair: Melida Gutierrez)
  • “Gravity and Magnetic Analysis of Lithosphere Structure of the Southern Sierra Nevada and Surrounding Regions, California and Nevada” by Urnabaigal Purevuren, 2010 (Chair: Kevin Mickus)
  • “Time-Series Relationships in an Urban Karst Watershed in Springfield, Missouri” by Barrett Stanke, 2010 (Chair: Doug Gouzie)
  • “Quantitative Dye-Tracing Investigation of Groundwaters in the Ward Branch Watershed, Springfield, Missouri” by Katherine Tomlin, 2010 (Chair: Doug Gouzie)