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Dear Prospective Applicants:

Thank you for your interest in the Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and specifically our research program in Environmental Toxicology. We have a world-class, comprehensive program in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. Our student-based research program is designed to provide training to the next generation of environmental scientists, while conducting research on socially-relevant issues. We focus on training students to be the interface between chemistry and biology and between science and policy to solve environmental problems. Our team is comprised of people from many different countries, including the USA, China, and Korea. Our team is comprised of people from many different countries. Our research team is comprised of undergraduate student aides, graduate students (both M.Sc. and Ph.D.), Research Associates, Research Scientists, Post-doctoral Fellows, Technicians, Visiting Scientists and Professors. We welcome applications for all of these types of positions.

If you are interested in joining our team, I invite you to learn more about us at the following web sites. You can visit the U of S web pages to get more information on the university in general. You can learn more about the city of Saskatoon, the area around Saskatoon, and the province of Saskatchewan web pages.

In addition to being the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology, I am a professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, which is the veterinary school for the four western provinces of Canada. You can learn more about the Canada Research Chair Programs as well. I am also on the faculty of the Toxicology Centre, which is a multidisciplinary research and training centre that coordinates and manages all university-wide toxicology activities at the U of S.

The minimum stipends in our graduate program are presently $18,600 per year for MSc students and $21,600 for PhD students. If you have an offer from another university that exceeds these levels of financial support, please send me the written offer and I will consider matching it. We will not let finances interfere with our ability to attract the best students in the world. This fee structure is revenue neutral. All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars. Saskatchewan has universal medical coverage for which you will qualify as a resident. In addition, you can purchase through U of S a group medical plan to cover costs not covered by the provincial plan.

If you wish to apply to our program, please review the web site for most details at

I would be glad to review your credentials prior to your formal application so that we can determine if our program would be right for you and help you achieve your career goals and if you have a background that would be suitable for our program. Please send the following materials to me, Dr. John Giesy, via email:

• A one-page statement of purpose, which lists your career goals.
• A resume, which lists your experiences and qualifications.
• Unofficial copies of all transcripts, including undergraduate and graduate programs.
• Three letters of recommendation on letterhead and signed (submitted as PDF files).
• Unofficial copy of GRE scores (include the percentile rankings for each score).
• TOEFL scores if you are not a native speaker of English.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Prof. John P. Giesy, Ph.D.
Toxicology Centre
University of Saskatchewan
44 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5B3, Canada

Tel: 306-966-2096
Fax: 306-966-4796


John P. Giesy, Ph.D.

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology & Professor