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  1. So, Last year I applied to graduate schools. I didn't get into any of my schools but I did get feedback from almost all of them. The only thing they could all say was that I had no publications. Unfortunately, this is rather hard to fix. Since then I have been working as a field technician in my field (ecology) and I have talked to my PI about authorship. She said that I can take an active role in the papers that come from the research I'm doing, but that these papers likely won't be even closed to published when I apply to graduate school. Since this was my only feedback last time I applied, does anyone have any additional advice on improving my application, since these papers won't be on there? Some general stats: Graduated in 2016 with a BS in Biology: Ecology and a BA in History from the University of Texas: Austin GPA: 3.5 GRE Verbal: 85th percentile GRE Quant: 51st percentile GRE Writing: 90th percentile Research Experience: Worked in labs since my freshman year, internship at the EPA, senior project and poster presented at my university's poster fair, field technician position, a poster at the end of this summer and most likely a paper eventually. I'm planning on retaking the GRE in September to hopefully improve the quantitative score. Not much I can do about my GPA at this point.
  2. I'm planning on applying for fall 2018, that being said I've started to research programs over the past months. I am interested in how humans have used the land in the past, and how we can use that information to inform the way we conserve ecosystems. Initially I was just looking at ecology programs, however I keep finding anthropology programs that seem to fit very closely with what I'm interested in. However, I'm nervous to apply to these programs since I don't have a lot of direct experience with Anthropology (besides an introductory cultural anthropology class I took as an undergrad). As an undergrad I double majored in Biology(with a focus in Ecology) and History. This year I have been working as a field technician on a project looking at how the warming climate will impact grass communities in the upper midwest. While this isn't directly related to anthropology, it has given me experience on proposing research questions, making a plans, and carrying out that research in the field (and also trouble shooting because nothing goes right when you're doing field work). So, questions: 1. Is there anything I could do to specifically make my application seem more appealing to Anthropology programs? 2. What should I keep in mind when applying to an Anthropology program? 3. Should I contact professors directly that I am interested in working with, or should I contact the departments? In ecology you contact the professors, but I've gotten mixed signals from social sciences and liberal arts. 4. If a school asks for a writing sample, what should I provide? I have some fairly long papers from my history degree. I did do a senior project in ecology, but that was presented in poster form so there is not written component to submit.
  3. My goal is to earn a PhD in Marine Ecology but I don't have very much background in it or any research experience. I graduated from the Naval Academy 2 years ago with a BS in General Science (Biology/Ecology were not offered majors). Does anyone have any advice/know of any programs that could get me more research experience in biology/ecology to make me more competitive? Thanks!
  4. Hi! I'm looking for information on scholarships and masters programs in Germany, Switzerland, or Austria. I want to study Ecology/Conservation Biology/Natural History. Kind of a specific request but if anyone has any information at all, I would be much obliged! I don't speak German fluently yet so I need to find a program that teaches in English, which from the research I've done looks doable. I'm having a hard time finding scholarships. I've found a few programs, but it's sometimes difficult to find them! I could apply as either an American citizen or a Swiss citizen, because I have both. Also, do I need to take the GRE if I do a master's in Europe? Thanks for any and all help!
  5. I wanted to make a separate thread for EEB stats b/c the programs tend to be pretty distinctive from gen bio and I'm curious what other people are up to this season! Here's a copy of the same rubric that is used in the other threads Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)... Overall Reputation in Biology?) Major(s): Minor(s): GPA in Major: Overall GPA: Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) GRE Scores (revised/old version): Q: V: W: B: TOEFL Total: (if applicable, otherwise delete this) Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Applying to Where: School - Department - Research Interest School - Department - Research Interest School - Department - Research Interest 2
  6. Hi there, A few months ago, I applied to UC Berkeley's (UCB) ecology PhD program. I thought that now all that was left to do was to await UCB's response. However, a recent conversation with a friend (PhD, Engineering) got me wondering as to whether I left stones un-turned. Granted, his advice might not be applicable to my case... Can anyone offer thoughts on the following: (1) Is it bad that I have not met with my prospective mentor? I contacted my would-be mentor well before applying to UCB. He responded (via email) that I have an impressive background, that I should apply, and that we could talk by phone after his travels. Then, after his travels, he wrote: "Apologies I haven't had time to connect on all this - it's been busy. These possibilities [research options] are intriguing - I suggest you apply and indicate interest in my lab. Then, if I receive your application among those highly ranked by the admissions committee, we can follow up and dive more deeply into possibilities and the potential fit of your interests/aspirations and my lab and funding." l took this at face value... but am now having second thoughts. Should I have been pushing to meet/talk with him before he sees my application, despite what he wrote? I recently emailed him to ask if he'd be at a conference that I might attend, but no response. (2) Should I have met with the Dean & the Department Head? Some folks think that I should be meeting with these people, telling them about my research plans, persuading them that my research would be a great addition to their program, showing them that I'm already finding funding, and making sure that they remember me. But, if I have no project plan yet, is this even applicable?... (3) Why do so many people tell me that I can raise my chances of getting into a PhD program if I find grants in advance? After I got my MS in biology, I've been working as a field tech on seasonal jobs, but none of these projects are "my own." I'm not a regular employee at a university or organization, so I don't see how and with whom I could put together a project and apply for grants in advance of applying to a PhD program. Am I missing something? Are there organizations that would actually award would-be PhD students money, even if they don't have a project plan yet? Any thoughts about these questions that are tormenting me in my sleep would be appreciated
  7. Many of the graduate programmes(PhD in my case) in Ecology,Animal Behaviour,Behavioural Ecology are stating that they require at least a few semesters of Mathematics,including Calculus in undergraduate or postgraduate levels. Some even require Physics. These subjects are generally not offered in universities (here,in India) for Biology related subjects. My query is,is there any way around it,for example,additional coursework later on ?
  8. I have secured admission to the Center for Ecology and Environment at UNC; into their phd program in ecology. would someone know about this program? can anyone give me an idea as to the quality of this program? is this good? the Other option that i have in hand is a phd in sustainability from the School of Sustainability, ASU. a response would be appreciated
  9. I am in the process of deciding which grad programs to apply to and have stumbled across Yale's joint-degree program, Religion and Ecology. Has anyone in this forum participated in the program? Thoughts? I am specifically interested in the relationship between religion and landscape. That is to say, the nineteenth century religious attitudes of Americans toward their bioregion, landscape, geography, etc. and in turn, how these attitudes affected the environment and land stewardship. If I pursue this route, I would prefer to do the MAR concentrated track because I hope to pursue my Ph.D. I'm interested in the historical perspectives of religion in America, however, and not necessarily in how to make contemporary religions more "green." This leaves me with the question of which track to pursue, any ideas? Thanks!
  10. From what I've seen, there aren't many agronomy/crop science graduate students on here, so this is a shot in the dark. But it's harder to find information on these programs than the more popular programs, so any advice would be much appreciated. Right now, I'm considering a crop science M.S. fellowship from Illinois-Urbana Champaign, an assistanceship at Minnesota, and waiting on a response from the program at Cornell. I know that all these programs are reputable, but I'm having a hard time making the final decision. Should I hold out for the Cornell decision? Does anyone know if one of these in particular has greater job placement or has a reputation that offers more opportunities for its grads? I don't personally know anyone in this field, so I'll be thankful for any input.
  11. From what I've seen, there aren't many agronomy/crop science graduate students on here, so this is a shot in the dark. But it's harder to find information on these programs than the more popular programs, so any advice would be much appreciated. Right now, I'm considering a crop science M.S. fellowship from Illinois-Urbana Champaign, an assistanceship at Minnesota, and waiting on a response from the program at Cornell. I know that all these programs are reputable, but I'm having a hard time making the final decision. Should I hold out for the Cornell decision? Does anyone know if one of these in particular has greater job placement or has a reputation that offers more opportunities for its grads? I don't personally know anyone in this field, so I'll be thankful for any input.
  12. Hi all, I was wondering if anybody might be able to give some insight into the program in Anthropology @ Stanford, in particular the Ecology & Environment track. I was an anthropology undergraduate, but have transitioned into studying infectious disease ecology & epidemiology. I'm interested in researching human modifications to ecosystems, the dynamics of these land-use changes, and how these influence behavior/immune function/parasitism in reservoir hosts of zoonotic disease and thus human heath risk. Most of my graduate applications were to Ecology programs (where there is ample cross-talk between anthropology & ecology), but as studying the human side of the above is just as important to the more zoologically oriented research, I applied to a few anthropology programs as well. Stanford's E&E track is strong on quantitative methods, remote sensing, interdisciplinary research, the Woods Institute, and collaboration with Biology + lab rotations, encouraging eco-anth students to study some anthropology and some community/landscape ecology. The PI I'd work with studies infectious disease dynamics, so everything seems pretty gold. I've been accepted and plan to visit briefly before the end of the month, but I won't have a ton of time and certainly won't get to speak with everyone I might work with. I'm particularly interested in the research methods the program pushes, which seem far more quantitative (mathematical modeling, remote sensing, social network analysis) than traditional ecological anthropological programs. Basically, I'd love to market myself as an anthropologist and disease ecologist after my PhD and a few post-docs, which would entail either 1) graduate education in biocultural anthropology with training & field/lab methods in infectious disease ecology and epidemiology or 2) graduate education in disease ecology with training and methods in biocultural anthropology. So I'm wondering how much Stanford would help me achieve that versus perhaps a more traditional ecological education (although a more anthropological spin and understanding would be a nice niche...and the funding @ Stanford is niiiice). As an example or two, faculty in E&E have done remote sensing of aboriginal fire practices and ground-truthed biodiversity with modeling and remote sensing, past MA students have done their thesis by bird census in anthropogenically altered/disturbed environments, and current students are studying the human behavioral ecology (and vegetation surveys) of malaria. I love all the concepts used in anthropology, but I'd like to be trained in methods used by ecologists and infectious disease specialists as well. Any advice/insight as this all pertains to the nature of the Anthro department @ Stanford or the E&E group? Thanks!!