Join the Research Group

The Steinbach Research Group at the University of Connecticut is always looking for engaged and enthusiastic graduate students. Active opportunities will be listed at the top of this page. Please read more below to learn about rolling opportunities and whether our research program is a good fit for you. There are also ongoing opportunities for undergraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Prospective research group members should contact Dr. Steinbach directly to discuss research interests and funding.

Master, Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Opportunities

The Steinbach Research Group welcomes applications from prospective graduate students interested to conduct research at the intersection between applied economics and data science with a particular focus on agriculture and the environment. Graduate students are formally admitted through the MS and Ph.D. programs in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut. They should contact Dr. Steinbach before applying to the program. As a prospective graduate student, you should first review our projects and publications to determine whether the research themes and motivating questions resonate with your interests.


If you’re excited about the work that we do, you are encouraged to send an introductory email with a statement outlining how your research interests fit with those of the Steinbach Research Group and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, your resume, and the names as well as the affiliations for three professional references who can speak about your preparation for research-intensive graduate training. The Steinbach Research Group also offers opportunities for Postdoctoral researchers and fellows. Interested individuals should reach out to Dr. Steinbach to discuss potential fellowship opportunities and research projects.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Volunteer in the Steinbach Research Group (also work study and assistantships): We welcome undergraduates looking to gain early research experience by helping out with our research program. Volunteer and work study options are a great way to get involved. Please email Dr. Steinbach with a brief introduction to your interests and what you hope to gain from your experience in the Research Group. Occasionally, we will hire undergraduates on paid assistantships (summer and/or academic year). Opportunities will be posted on this webpage and on the Student Jobs Board of the University of Connecticut.

Independent research opportunities: We invite undergraduates seeking in-depth research experiences through independent study and honors theses. The UConn Office of Undergraduate Research also provides a number of competitive funding mechanisms to support academic year and summer research experiences. Please reach out for more information.