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Monochrome Spring last won the day on July 14 2014

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    Forest Ecology - PhD

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  1. Monochrome Spring

    Emailing PIs of interest before admission

    What kind of biology field are you going into? More medical and biochemistry-focused subfields tend to do rotations and not need much introduction to potential advisors before you are interviewed/accepted. In ecology and evolution subfields, it is almost expected that you talk with potential advisers before the interview (if not before even applying). Of course, this can be broken down even further and will depend upon your exact program's standards, but those are some general guidelines. When (if) you do reach out to some potential advisers, it's fine to be forward. State that you have applied to their department, and you are interested in their research. Would they have some time to chat with you via phone/skype to discuss their research group? In the meeting, you can discuss your own research ideas, the lab's work atmosphere, funding availability, other opportunities within the department, etc. Remember that you are training to be their colleague someday, so don't feel too intimidated.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    There is a results function in the forums just for that. See the tabs at the top of the webpage. You can search through previous years to see when notifications came out, the stats of the applicant, and other notes that they wanted to include.
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    CV Honors & Awards

    If it's relevant to your research and could help in your career, I would include it. Make a section for it, like "Non-academic awards and honors". No harm in including them if they are relevant to your field of study in some way.
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    NSF GRFP 2018-2019

    Ah, I'm sorry sorry for my misunderstanding. If you can still qualify to apply in your second year, and you can only apply one of the two years, I think the second year would be a good option. I still don't think there is a big difference, but if you are in a lab with rotations, you can use this year to practice writing and find someone to oversee your application for next year. I would be the kind of person to apply in my first year, to get it out of the way and look for additional outside funding in my second year, but we also don't have rotations in my department, so I had an established place in my lab group from day one.
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    NSF GRFP 2018-2019

    Just put in the effort. I don't think that there is a huge difference in the abilities of first and second year students to write a good proposal. Just to clarify, are you asking if you should apply as a second year and this is your first year? I may be a bit confused about what you are asking. My apologies.
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    NSF GRFP 2018-2019

    I don't think that there is any advantage or disadvantage to applying as a second year applicant. It is simply another cycle. I'm sure someone can find a way to over-analyze it and find strengths and weaknesses, but I would just focus on getting work done instead. Even if you don't have a lot of time and you are finding it difficult, I would advise you to still apply this cycle. It's great experience/practice and you have nothing to lose but a bit of time. Use it as an opportunity; ask a professor in your department if you can write a proposal with them and get to know their research. Best case, you get a major fellowship. Worst case, you got great experience and have a starting block for future funding applications.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Most undergraduates do not have a publication when applying to programs, so I don't think it will hurt your application at all to not have one. If you do have publications, they can only help. Ultimately, a researcher needs to put out publications that show they can move a project from start to finish with results; and having one when applying to grad school will help demonstrate that capability.
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I would like to remind everyone that you can filter through the Results tab at the top of this web page to view information like when interviews were released, the stats for users who were accepted into specific programs, etc. You can filter by school, program, year, etc. Several members of the Grad Cafe lurk in the forums and don't post in large threads like this, but will post in the Results section.
  9. Monochrome Spring

    Retake the GRE?

    If you think you will do better, then retake it. You can use your best scores on your new application this year. But, only spend the money and time if you think you will actually do better. You may need to change up how you study the material, take an online course, etc. Was your GRE your weakest point on your applications last year? If it wasn't the deciding factor, maybe your time would be better spent making other parts of your application stronger. There are a lot of options.
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    Who are the current moderators?

    I'm still around. I took a bit of a hiatus, because I had to focus on the data collection portion of my program. But, I am now in the analysis and writing portion, so I will be posting a lot more frequently on the forums again. Generally, the summer is pretty dead, and it picks up a lot more once the semester and application season start. I think the most traffic comes around winter, since members have submitted their applications and may be getting interview requests, and everyone gets a bit more anxious with results season starting up.
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    GRE Subject Suggested? What to do...

    If you are on the fence about it, email the graduate admissions secretaries for the departments to which you are applying. They will know if students generally submit scores for these exams. You can also email prospective professors in the department, and ask if those scores are heavily weighted the admissions process. My rule of thumb for test scores and submitted documents is to email people in the actual program, because only they can give you a definitive answer.
  12. Monochrome Spring

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Hey everyone! Just thought I'd pop in and say good luck with this year's application season. My experience is in the ecology/plant biology/forestry side of applications, so I can provide a lot of detailed feedback for anyone applying to those kinds of programs. I also have general knowledge about applications, like transcripts, GRE's, interviews, etc., after watching several application cycles through this site. If you don't feel comfortable putting your information in the general forums for whatever reason, feel free to PM me with questions. I try to respond to all messages within 48 hours.
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    Submitting Transcripts

    Email the graduate admissions secretary for each program and see what they require. Some programs will be okay with a scanned copy and then request an official mailed document if you are accepted. Other programs may require an official mailed document in your initial application, regardless of if you are accepted or not.
  14. Anyone applying to Ecology / Plant Biology / Forestry (and related) programs, please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the application process!

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    General GRE Quant Struggle Thread

    I highly recommend Magoosh, and it was one of my primary study methods when I was preparing for the quantitative section of the general GRE. Bog Entry: My GRE Experience Don't beat yourself up too much, and remember that your percentile is compared across all graduate students applying for programs, including physics and math majors who had more formal quantitative training throughout their undergraduate programs. Your score is still good, and you can balance it with other aspects of your application.

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