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  1. University of Lodz (UniLodz) is ranked as 6th classical university in Poland according to scimagoir.com. Employing more than 2200 academic staff on 12 faculties UniLodz conducts scientific projects and postgraduates PhD students in biology and environmental science. For more information please refer to https://en.uni.lodz.pl/university-of-lodz-facts-figures/ . PhD Position (m/f/d): Eco- and phylogeography of Chironomidae (Insecta Diptera) in Greece Commencement date: first recruitment to PhD school is in June 2021, second one is in September 2021 The doctoral course and research must be conducted in Lodz, Poland The Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology located at UniLodz employs international team of more than 30 researchers and is one of the leading institutions in Central Europe that conducts research in freshwater ecology and invertebrate genetics. The working group of Mediterranean phylo- and ecogeography invites applications for a position within the frame of PhD School focusing on biology and environmental science. The aim of the PhD project is to investigate ecogeographical distribution of non-biting midges (aquatic files) in Greek streams and its phylogeographical background. We want to resolve the question what is the pattern of population history in the region and what environmental factors drive it at macro- and microhabitat scale. Studies are based on the large collection of Chironomidae larvae from all around Greece supplemented by the exhaustive environmental data. A student can join our expeditions to Sothern Balkans but this is not obligatory as the material is already collected. The doctoral studies are limited to 48 months. Your tasks Processing the Chironomidae collection, identifying the material to the lowest possible taxonomical level, DNA barcoding and amplifying other molecular markers. Statistical and phylogenetic analyses using multivariate techniques applied in community ecology and phylogeography. Working as an member of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the department and external academic partners. Publishing scientific papers peer-reviewed JCR-listed journals. Presentation of results at meetings and international conferences. Take apart in classes offered within the PhD School. Requirements Master diploma in life science or environmental sciences that is accepted in Poland. Advanced knowledge on freshwater ecosystem functioning. Interest in freshwater ecology, entomology, DNA barcoding and phylogeography. English (written and oral) or Polish is required. The ability to focus on long-time laboratory work. Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team. Recruitment to PhD school is subjected to CV and interview with applicants We offer you Full-time supervision through the whole period of PhD studies and care in any formal and technical problems. Extensive courses in Chironomidae identification, genetic lab works, and statistics used in the project. Excellent infrastructure, including genetic lab and good quality optical equipment as well as work spaces divided into small rooms (no open space). Extensive options of vocational training (i.a. expert lectures and seminars, cheap Polish and English language courses). Flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career. Cheap accommodation in PhD students’ dormitory house (rent with all utilities ca. 150€ per month), kindergarten on the campus, scholarship of ca. 500-700€ per month (enough to live well in Poland). Health insurance is also granted for non-EU PhD students. The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements. Interested? The doctoral thesis will be jointly supervised by prof. Michał Grabowski (michal.grabowski@biol.uni.lodz.pl) and dr Mateusz Płóciennik (mateusz.plociennik@biol.uni.lodz.pl). We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) e-mailed to the dr Mateusz Płóciennik (mateusz.plociennik@biol.uni.lodz.pl). In any question please contact dr Płóciennik on RG or by Skype (Skype address: mplociennik10, Lodz, Poland).
  2. Hello! I have my B.S. in Chemistry and have been a working chemist for about 5 years now but my real passion is working with animals and I am interested in pursuing a career in wildlife ecology/conservation. Does anyone have a similar experience of switching careers from chemistry to conservation/biology/etc.? I would love to just work in the field and gain experience without having to go back to school but that's probably not possible :( I do not have a strong biology background so I don't think I have much of a chance of getting accepted into graduate programs... I'm wondering if I should try getting a post baccalaureate degree in wildlife science/ecology/conservation/etc. or possibly get a graduate certificate or take some prerequisites before applying to grad school. Also, I live in Portland, OR and don't really want to move so I think my only schooling options would be online or OSU. OSU has a few different graduate programs, two of which I'd be interested in: Masters of Wildlife Science (very competitive) or a Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management which would be easier to get into but would still require that I take prerequisites but could be a foot in the door for meeting faculty and give me an advantage if I want to enroll in the masters program later. Or I could get a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences but not sure if it's worth the time, effort, and cost. Basically I'm really confused and don't know what to do so any advice on this would be great! Thank you so much!
  3. Hi everyone! This is my first time looking for help here, so thank you in advance! I hope applications are going well for everyone who is busy with them at the moment My question is this: how important is a marine-specific degree when applying to marine focused PhD programs/jobs? And related: how common/difficult is it to switch from a marine-specific master's program to a terrestrial-focused PhD program/job? I am currently in the final year of an undergraduate program in ecology and nature conservation (EU university), and I am applying to master's degrees. I have been focusing more on evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology in the past year. I would love to research adaptability and vulnerability of species to environmental change, but I am not sure what the right path is. Marine biology has slowly become somewhat of a fascination, but it is not the only thing that interests me and I am not entirely sure the fascination will last. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
  4. I have 2 offers with very different field work: One of them involves really intense months of hiking, nest and bird identification, mist netting, and tracking. It sounds amazing, but I’ve never been backwoods camping for example, and have limited field experience. I wondered if anyone else had deep dived into this sort of intense fieldwork and what feedback you could share? The other involves fieldwork but is much more computational. In fact, if I didn’t want to do fieldwork they’d be fine with it (I do!). I’ll really have to push to incorporate more theoretical analysis into the first option. The other things to consider are pretty equal between the two: great funding (relative to cost of living where they are), amazing supportive advisors (I’ll feel rotten telling either I’m not coming), good group of grad students in the lab, great programs. The first one is closer to my partner, so clear bonus, but I’m worried about getting there and discovering I’m not cut out for it. >_<
  5. I have great offers from two schools: One a Natural Resources Department and one an EEB. I’m hoping to get hired in a traditional biology department afterwards where my partner is. I’ve read online that some traditional biology departments look down on Natural Resources because they’re so applied and less theoretical. I wondered if anyone had insight into this? These do seem like very traditional departments: NSF grants and a rockstar professor in EEB and USDA grants + conservation contracts in SNRE.
  6. Hi all! I'm very interested in the Ecological Restoration Master's offered by Simon Fraser University and BCIT (In British Columbia, Canada). I feel like it has the perfect balance of field work and diligent research to check all of my particular boxes, and everything I read up on this program makes excites me. I know I would love being in the field of ecological restoration or conservation, and this master's genuinely seems like my perfect fit. HOWEVER! It's relatively new (started in 2015), and is the only master's degree of it's kind in Canada according to the SFU and BCIT websites. This uniqueness is what makes me hesitate. When I look at education requirements for a job as a restoration biologist, the suggestions are the more common master's like conservation, ecology, environmental science, zoology... all of which I'd enjoy, I'm sure, but the Ecological Restoration Master's sounds so perfect. So, what I'm asking is this: is taking this Ecological Restoration Master's a risky choice? Would I be safer taking a more common degree? I'm worried that by taking it I'll be pigeon-holing myself. I've tried emailing around asking about graduate employment trends, but I haven't heard anything back yet; In BC all of the university campuses are closed due to pandemic, so I think that is definitely a factor in why I haven't heard anything. The application deadline is coming up fast so I'm very eager for answers so I can make my decision. And so, I've come to you, people of the internet who are probably at home anyway! If you've taken this program or know someone who did, I would absolutely love to hear about first-hand experiences! Thanks, everyone!
  7. I am waiting to hear about a masters in Zoology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a masters in Biological Sciences at the University of Tulsa, and a masters in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Ohio University or the University of Connecticut (UConn). Does anyone know if it's normal that I haven't received any news by this point? There's hardly any info on here about when they've historically sent acceptances and rejections.
  8. 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?
  9. 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)
  10. 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!
  11. 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!?
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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?
  16. 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!
  17. Does anyone have any insight into the Columbia Ecology (E3B) department? (e.g. current students, prospective students, peers at other schools who have visited)
  18. 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?
  19. Hey! I'm looking for some critiques on my SOP. Anyone willing to help me out? I'll gladly return the favor!
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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
  25. 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
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