Prospective Students

I'm looking for graduate students to start Fall 2024!

Reach out if you have interest:

URI Grad Program (Graduate Program Webpage, Application FAQs)

Applications for Fall Semester are due December 15

Interested in joining us?

Send me an email ( and include an updated resume or CV and a brief description of your research interests.

Students in the lab are associated with the University of Rhode Island Department of Geosciences in Kingston, RI. 

Who Should Apply?

The number one requirement in the lab is an eagerness to learn! I work with all students to develop projects that fit both my interests and yours -- most projects mix fieldwork, computational analyses, and numerical modeling.

Fieldwork means working in sometimes strenuous outdoor environments, carrying heavy equipment and working long hours, in conditions that may be wet, cold, hot, or sunny. Lab and fieldwork require application of quantitative methods of scientific inquiry. Most lab members use hydrogeologic modeling codes (like MODFLOW, FEFLOW, and SUTRA) for numerical simulations and scientific analysis codes (like Python and Matlab) to analyze model results and field data -- previous experience with coding is helpful, but the only requirement is a willingness to learn these tools!

How does funding work?

I encourage graduate students who work with me to apply for outside funding, from such programs as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. That said, if you are accepted to this program, we will work together to ensure you have complete funding throughout your graduate tenure through a mix of TA, RA, and fellowship appointments. You're not going to get rich going to grad school, but we will do our best to fund your tuition and living expenses while you're here!

Expectations in the Russoniello Lab (adapted from Dr. Margaret Zimmer):

I am looking for motivated, flexible, and independent researchers who enjoy collaborative and positive work environments, and value a diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, experiences. Graduate school is a serious commitment of time and energy and you have chosen to pursue it to achieve a range of intellectual and/or professional goals. My job is to ensure your effort helps you achieve those goals in a supportive, stimulating, and rigorous environment. In return, I expect you to fully participate in the lab group and department, support other members of the lab group, and to be productive during your time (e.g. present at conferences, publish manuscripts, attend seminars, etc.). In an effort to make my expectations clear, I have prepared a list of my responsibilities as an adviser to my graduate students and a list of expectations I have of graduate students in my lab. During the application period, I encourage you to discuss these expectations and responsibilities with me to create a personalized set of student-adviser expectations.

My responsibilities as an adviser:

My expectations for students in my lab:

Interested in joining the lab?