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M.S. Research Assistantship
Aquaculture/Fisheries Center
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Development and Testing of New U. S. Farm-raised Catfish Products
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Description: 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. At the request of the catfish industry and with finding support from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is implementing a project to develop 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 will cover important stages of the ‘product development pathway’ and will begin with stakeholders in mind and end with greater consumer satisfaction and excitement about U.S. farm-raised catfish. The student will develop a thesis on designing and testing of new U.S. farm-raised catfish products,  specifically focusing on i) development and test marketing of new farm-raised catfish and ii) identification of appropriate marketing strategies. The student will work closely with the Food Processing and Sensory Quality Research Unit of USDA-Agriculture Research Service located in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
Qualifications: B.S. degree in aquaculture/fisheries, aquaculture/fisheries economics and marketing, or a related field, minimum GPA of 3.0, and GRE score of 1,000+ (verbal + quantitative) for GRE exams prior to Nov 1, 2011 and GRE of 297+ (verbal + quantitative) for GRE exams after Nov 1, 2011 are required. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the TOEFL paper version (213 on the computer version, 79 on the internet version), or 6.5 on IELTS is required for international students. A strong interest in product development and marketing, strong writing skills, excellent work ethic, and demonstrated ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team are required.  Demonstrated experience in seafood product development and modeling are desirable.
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