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M.S. Research Assistantship Aquaculture/Fisheries Center
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.S. Research Assistantship
Aquaculture/Fisheries Center
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Understanding of Changing Consumers’ Preference and
Designing New U. S. Farm-raised Catfish Products
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 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 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 economics and  marketing U.S. farm-raised catfish products,  specifically focusing on i) understanding of changing consumers’ preferences for U.S. farm-raised catfish and ii)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.   
Qualifications: B.S. degree in aquaculture/fisheries, aquaculture/fisheries economics and marketing, agricultural economics, applied economics, econometrics, marketing, agribusiness 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 economics and marketing, familiarity with modeling and econometric software packages (such as STATA, SAS, R, GAMS), 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 with management of large databases is desirable. see more....


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