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  1. My first grad app was to Ohio State EEOB Ms program which was due on Nov. 15th. Why would they have the application deadline so early if they are not going to send out decisions until after the holidays?
  2. Hi people, I decided to have an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology thread for this year's round of applicants since I couldn't find one for this year, and I'd love to see the profiles and school choices and results of the rest of the folks here applying, and open up a place for people interested in the same subjects to chat! Figured I'd head it off even if it is late. Undergrad Institution: Small public liberal arts schoolMajor(s): Statistics & Applied EcologyMinor(s): Mathematics & BiologyGPA in Major: 3.1Overall GPA: 3.8Position in Class: n/aType of Student: International MaleGRE Scores:Q: -V: -W: -Research Experience: Undergraduate research at a different institute other than home institute for one summer in theoretical ecology (currently writing a result section of the paper to publish in the future) 2 Undergraduate research at home institute in bioinformatics & statistical analysis in soil science 1 research assistant at a research institute in SK for 1 year in computational & behavior biologyAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list for 1 year (junior year) Undergraduate research awardPertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergraduate teaching assistant in two statistics courses Energy analyst intern for 2 years Wildlife technician for 1 year Governmental officer for 2 yearsAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Experience in R and bash programming, a decent background in statistics & mathematics. 1 presentation and 1 poster session with research. Currently writing a paper on summer research to publish Volunteer at a wildlife rehab center for one season Student representative (Statistics) at home institute Special Bonus Points: I have been doing research since last summer with POI at a certain institute and wrote a recommendation letter for me + two other faculties at my school know me really well Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Contacted all POI's through email and phone/skype before the writing process. Areas of interest: Quantitative Ecology (Theoretical & Empirical Modeling), Animal Movement, Disease Ecology, Population Ecology --> Pretty much can work with anything that requires data analysis and quantitative modeling. ? Applying for PhD programs in (updating with results when I remember): U Minnesota -- EEB (Interviewed) U Minnesota -- Conservation Sciences (Interview in a week) UC Davis -- Population Biology U of Washington -- QERM (rejected)
  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. Does anyone have information (literally any information beyond that on the website) about Colorado State University's Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Ph.D. program? I applied 1/15 which was the due date to be considered for a TA-ship/RA-ship, had a weird thing happen with my master's transcripts that was resolved, and as of 1/28, I have had "your application is ready for review by your department." I know my application was sent to my POI. But that is all. I searched in results, the only one was from 3 years ago. I Googled, searched on this site, tried using boolean operators with a variety of terms and...nothing. Well, one thing. That Peterson's site that has dubious statistics. It has been ~9 days since my POI received my application so even how much time has passed isn't yielding information. As I am sure everyone is aware, waiting sucks beyond the telling of it. Waiting and not even having the foggiest idea when to expect anything, how their process works or anything is killer. Any, ANY information would be great. I know I should call the department and just ask for a timeline, but it seems a little soon to do that and some of my questions they may not be able to answer. for instance: I would also like information on how their admissions work. Is it POI approval heavy? Does the admissions committee have the most weight? How many applications do they usually receive? What is their acceptance rate like? Again, I'll take any information at this point. Thank you!?
  5. Hello, I submitted my abstract for a contributed talk at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in February. According to their website, I should've heard back if my abstract was accepted but I didn't. Does that mean mine was rejected? Would also love to know if anyone has heard anything from the same conference, or if it's a norm not to expect rejection emails. Thanks!
  6. Hi all! Noticed that we didn't have an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology thread for this year's round of applicants, and I'd love to see the profiles and school choices and results of the rest of the folks here applying, and open up a place for people interested in the same subjects to chat! Figured I'd head it off even if it is a bit late. Undergrad Institution: Highly ranked small women's collegeMajor(s): BiologyMinor(s): Landscape studiesGPA in Major: 4.0 Overall GPA: 3.94Position in Class: n/aType of Student: Domestic FemaleGRE Scores:Q: 159 (73%)V: 164 (94%)W: 5.5 (98%)Research Experience: 1 summer of molecular bio research at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in the UK 2 independent half-year research projects: one was forest field ecology with my current PI, the other was remote spatial GIS/LIDAR work in plant ecophysiology A year in my current lab, started a yearlong Honors thesis at the beginning of this fall semester off the research I'd done last spring with my PI, currently also his RAAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list every year School award for "Outstanding Work in Botany"Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Horticulture summer internship at my institution's botanic garden doing non-scientific research (archival research, oral histories, etc) developing botanic garden informational portals Member of the Botanic Garden Strategic Planning Committee (BG outreach, planning 10-year trajectory) Campus Tree Advisory Committee (educational outreach in the arboretum)Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Solid with RStudio and GIS, presented a poster for a school-wide conference showcasing student research (not very impressive but better than nothing) Special Bonus Points: I should have strong letters of rec from at least two professors who've both had me for 2 classes each and I've done research with both, and a solid one from my lab internship in the UK. One of the recommending profs got her PhD and postdoc in the department I'm applying to for one of the schools I think I have pretty solid statements/essays, I've gone over them extensively with current grad students, professors, career centers, and even one or two PIs and they've all given a big thumbs-up Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Captain of the rugby team Member of the Social Justice and Equity Committee (working in advancing diversity in the college and developing resources for minority students) I've contacted at least one PI, sometimes more at every school. They are all quite strong fits with research interests aligning very well with mine, and we had reasonably extensive phone or Skype conversations with them, all seem excited for me to apply and most have helped me with the process and committed to sponsoring me. One PI told me that he would ask for my application to be transferred for free to be considered by another department as well since it would increase the likelihood of me being able to get in and work with him, another couple are writing me letters of sponsorship, and the other two have said they think I'm a competitive applicant and would be a good fit with them. Weaknesses: I don't have any publications (though my thesis manuscript is currently in prep and I plan to submit it), and didn't take the Bio subject test, and my quantitative experience is lower than I'd like it to be. Also, my non-Honors research isn't as in-depth as I wish it was because of my liberal arts background.Applying to Where: Areas of interest: -plant biology and ecology I'm super interested in exploring biotic interactions involving plants, esp. mutualistic ones and studying them in order to figure out how to incorporate more biotic interactions into climate change community modeling (my Honors thesis explores the potential for mycorrhizal mutualist-facilitated range shifts). Plant-microbe and plant-arthropod interactions are particularly exciting. Applying for PhD programs in: U of Arizona EEB U Miami Biology U Minnesota EEB and PMB (Plant and Microbial Biology) Michigan State U Plant Biology (EEBB) Northwestern Plant Bio and Conservation
  7. My goal is to earn a PhD in ecology with a focus is either estuarine ecology or biological oceanography. However, I am a Naval Academy graduate and did not get much research experience there, unfortunately those opportunities don't really exist at Navy. Now I am working as a Data Analyst in the Boston Area and trying to figure out if there is any way possible for me to get research experience part time while I work, or any other suggestions that could help propel me towards my PhD goal. Thank you for any suggestions!
  8. Hey everyone! Has anyone heard ANYTHING from UNR for the Biology master's program? I check this website daily, and the only acceptances as of now are still PhD. The PI I spoke to mentioned that in the past, their graduate students would visit the campus during their Spring Break. Mine is in 2 weeks, and I haven't heard a single thing regarding this program. UNR is the only school I applied to, but I'm not sure that matters in this forum! But seriously, has anyone who has applied for the Biology Masters heard back?
  9. I'm spectacularly torn between two schools' Ecology and Evolutionary Biology programs. School A, the University of AZ Tucson, I haven't actually gotten into yet; but was waitlisted- according to the PoI I have a good shot of getting accepted; but if I do it'll be closer to the deadline and I need to know whether I'd accept an offer from School A or B if I hear back from them at the eleventh hour. School B, the University of MN Twin Cities, I've been accepted to. I've gone back and forth on which one I think I like more and it's been nearly impossible to decide. I ask your help in knowing what to prioritize. Arizona: An intermittently top 10 school. Not a lot of funding, as it's in a conservative state, so I wouldn't be able to get much from the school. Smaller stipend (18k) without guaranteed summer support, but is in an area with a cheap cost of living so some grads just live off that the entire year or find their own funding. I'd have to TA most of my time here since there's not much RA funding, though since I want to teach this isn't a huge downside- problem is the undergrads are a little notorious for being frustratingly unengaged, though some are diamonds in the rough. A good school in a place I could do year-round field research. My potential adviser is a fantastic fit- senior faculty with a good track record of getting people into good postdocs and even tenure-track faculty positions (which is where I want to end up), a wonderful mentor, is one of the people who pioneered the subfield i'm studying- a BIG name in ecology. She knows everyone in my field; everyone knows and likes her. The best people join her lab- upwards of 60% of her students get NSF GRFPs. She doesn't fund her students herself; but helps them find and apply for funding. Her research is a great fit for me since it's conceptually focused on the subfield I want to study; and flexible on the system I use so long as I'm able to find people who are experts (if it's not in her area). I might have to go outside the schools to find people who know how to study the systems I'm interested in. Being in her lab would probably be the best for my career; as it would likely open some serious doors for me. She's the reason I applied. I like the area the school is in- beautiful natural environment and lots to do outdoors all year round. Culturally the fit of the city it's in is fine- enough to do; liberal; nothing mind-blowing but totally workable. But I don't really feel like the culture of the department is a good fit. There's not much community among grad students; and people didn't seem particularly excited, friendly, or enthusiastic about what they do. I was really weirded out by how ...low-key? everyone seemed; being a very gregarious and excitable person myself. It seems like it would be pretty lonely here for me and that if I wanted any sort of community I'd have to work really hard to build it myself. Even among the other prospective interviewees I had some uncomfortable experiences and was sort of put off by the attitude some of them had. Overall, I think my career and research could be the most successful here under my mentor, but I'd have to work really hard to be happy here, and the funding isn't ideal. Minnesota, on the other hand, feels like an amazing cultural fit. I loved the city and its culture, I loved the department and its culture (it seems like most of the faculty actually take into heart and encourage a work-life balance in the students and want the grads to be happy and not just work machines). The graduate students seem well-balanced and hardworking, overall happy, friendly, and enthusiastic, and happy in the program, and I really liked them and felt like I'd fit well with them and the other folks I interviewed with. I disliked the winter weather and surrounding landscape in the city but could tolerate it, as it's a really cool place with a big queer community and a ton of things to do. Its department is absolutely loaded, and has plenty of funding for summer support and other ventures like RA-ing in addition to being a TA. I was offered a diversity fellowship for nearly 32k my first year and a solid shot at full support during my final year of research, and guaranteed support through a combination of RA-ing and TA-ing the rest of the years. There's a lot of faculty I could collaborate with for potential projects as they're experts in some of the systems I'm interested in; though they don't have a super strong focus on the conceptual aspects of the work I want to do like the Arizona PI's lab did. It's a top 5 program and a well-respected school in my field. The undergrads are usually a lot more engaged and excited than at Arizona, meaning teaching would be a lot more enjoyable. It also has fantastic healthcare and a lot of other resources within the department for career development in academia. I like the lab and the adviser I'd be working with; he's very nice and we get along well and he's really supportive and willing to let me go in whatever research direction I want as long as it's feasible, though his area of expertise is in a different direction than the Arizona PoI. My biggest concern is that he doesn't seem to push his students very hard in regards to doing things that will help them be successful after they graduate (i.e. publishing early and often as they go, finding an empty research niche, etc). He's a great writer and editor but his lab hasn't been super productive since he's mostly been working on a very long-term big project instead of churning out more papers with grads, which is important for me if I want to build a portfolio of publications to apply to postdocs/faculty positions. I worry that while I think I'd still be successful in his lab and he'd be very supportive and kind, I'd have to be the one to push for what I need to be able to successfully get a job after grad school. While I'm very assertive and no stranger to management of a hands-off adviser, I ultimately don't feel that I know what I need enough to be able to do this with someone who's "a little bit too nice" (in the words of a current student of his). Overall, the funding is spectacular and I know I'd be happiest at this school, but my research and career might not be the best they could be like if I went to Arizona. I've agonized over these two schools (which are both great options and I know I'll be fine at either but still, it feels like an impossible choice) and have gone back and forth several times, deciding definitively "this is my top choice" before second-guessing myself and changing my mind. PLEASE HELP! Do I prioritize being happy, well-funded, and well-balanced at grad school at the cost of a big name and great mentoring? Or being mentored by someone who could probably make me the best I could be at my career path, but be pretty lonely, broke, and stressed while doing it? I just don't know at this point, and worry that if I choose Arizona I'll regret not choosing Minnesota if I'm sad and miserable there, and if I choose Minnesota I'll regret not choosing Arizona if I can't land a decent postdoc or job upon graduation. And hey, maybe I won't even get into Arizona and won't have to decide, but I just need to have this mapped out before then so I can make a decision if I do. Sorry for the monologue- any help is appreciated!
  10. glaciers17

    Columbia E3B

    Does anyone have any insight into the Columbia Ecology (E3B) department? (e.g. current students, prospective students, peers at other schools who have visited)
  11. Any other current or previous applicants on here? I'm not expecting to be accepted (great GPA, poor GRE scores, no previous experience) but waiting is brutal! When do we expect acceptance/rejection emails?
  12. Hey! I'm looking for some critiques on my SOP. Anyone willing to help me out? I'll gladly return the favor!
  13. Hi All, I hope I've posted this in the right place. I'm hoping that somebody will be able to provide me with a few more universities who conduct Molecular Ecology work, especially environmental DNA work. So far I've looked at Michigan Tech, Teledo CUNY Central Michigan Also on average how many PhDs programs should one apply for. Unlike the UK they all seem to have application fees as well?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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 ?
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!!
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