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  1. Hello, I did a bachelor's in biology and environmental science, with only one 400 level statistics course. I'm taking further math classes at a community college right now, before applying for an MS in Biostatistics. I know my limited math background already puts me in a bad spot, but I'm unsure about my picks for recommendation letters as well. I was wondering if it matters that my writers dont all have PhDs, esp since only 1 is in math. Right now, I have one biology professor (PHD bio), one environmental science professor (MS env sci) and the stats lecturer (he wasnt a professor. MS applied math) They all know me well, but is that good enough?
  2. I have a bachelors in Economics from India and an MSc. in Environmental Management from UK. I also have 4 years of experience in policy research. What universities in US/Canada can I apply to? I want to do research in environmental policy in developing countries. Most programs I look at have a science focus rather than a management one. My GRE score: V- 160, Q-163, AWA- 5 Top Unis like Columbia and UC Berkeley are out of my reach. Any suggestions of schools which have great PhD programs in Environmental Management?
  3. Hi, have you heard anything about the PhD application in environmental science and engineering? I only got rejection from Yale F&ES yesterday and still wait for another nine.
  4. Hi, I am looking to apply for environmental policy PhD for the fall 2017 intake. I have an undergrad in economics from India and an MSc. in environmental management from UK. I have 3 years of work experience but only a year of that is in environmental research, other 2 years of work ex is in finance. I will be appearing for my GRE in September, though I currently score between 300-320 in my mocks. I wanted to know which programs should I apply to with my background? I found Ivy League colleges like SIPA columbia, FES Yale and Duke's PhD but I am skeptical of my ability to get admission in them. Are there any other PhD programs focusing on the management and/or policy side of the environment?
  5. This might seem pretty heavy for a first post, but now that graduate program deadlines are coming up and I'm nowhere near where I should be in my decision process, I thought I might solicit some advise from you all. I'm currently deciding between two programs, a masters in geoscience/geophysics and a masters in geotech engineering. The geo masters will be at UT Austin and the engineering masters will either be at VT, or Davis. All the programs are well funded but Austin is the most, with money flowing from every direction. I love the city of Austin and Davis, Blacksburg is kind of meh but the school is very nice. My primary goal is industry unless I find research to be very compelling in grad school. So the final question I guess is whether to go for a masters in the geosciences or engineering. A couple years ago going into the geosciences would be very lucrative with the booming oil and gas business, but the recent downward spiral of oil prices and the general boom and bust cycle of working in oil turns me off. I like job security. To my knowledge, a degree in geotechnical engineering would have much better job security and would have the potential to go for professional engineering licensure. Would I be correct in assuming that the engineering route would be a safer option, with better job security, job options, and career paths? I have an intense love for geology and geophysics but I actually do not know much about their job applications other than in nonrenewables and academia.
  6. Hey all, I am about to embark on a masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. I am interested in raptor conservation, R, GIS, and bigger ES issues like global change. I was wondering if anyone is in these fields and has any thoughts on the job market as it stands. I am very adaptable and have done a wide range of work, from science to communications to writing to the arts, so I can teach myself what I need to gain almost any skills. GIS, Python, and R are all particularly interesting. I know there's always teaching science, but I was wondering if anyone had experience with environmental science/biology/modeling stuff or had advice on fields, skills, or even organizations to focus on.
  7. Hey everyone, I was admitted to SPEA MSES, with the intent to study applied ecology and wildlife conservation. While I know the MPA program to be highly regarded, I don't actually know too much about the MSES department's reputation itself. Is this degree valued without the MPA component? Not that selectivity is the best metric, but I can't seem to find that information either. Does anyone know how many students are admitted to MSES and how many apply? I've also considered adding on the MPA once enrolled, so does anyone have experience with/info about adding the MPA mid-program? Thanks very much!
  8. We're a relatively small bunch, but I'm hoping to connect with others who are applying to PhD programs in environmental studies. This interdisciplinary field doesn't seem to have a home on The Grad Cafe forums, so let's start with this thread. I've tagged this post with several pertinent keywords, so I'm hoping that these tags will help us to find one another. Here are some representative stand-alone programs in Environmental Studies. Many, but not all, of these schools are known primarily for their Master's programs, but all have PhD programs as well. Most implicitly (or explicitly) require a Master's degree for acceptance into the PhD program: Berkeley ESPM & ERG Michigan SNRE Indiana SPEA Yale FES Duke's Nichols School UC Santa Barbara's Bren School Vermont's Rubenstein School Stanford's Woods Institute Wisconsin's Nelson Institute ASU's School of Sustainability Many of us are pursuing environmental training at the PhD level in a more traditional disciplinary department. This is possible in any number of departments, including: Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Ecology, Public Affairs, Anthropology, & Earth Science. I could attempt to list them here, but I don't think I can do justice to all of the academic departments known for their environmental faculty. About Me: I have a BS in Earth Science and an Master's Environmental Policy from one of the schools listed above. I have several years of experience in international development, and I'm looking to pursue a PhD in environmental social sciences. So what are your interests, what is your background, and where are you applying? Questions, concerns, curiosities about your fellow applicant cohort? Fire away!
  9. Hello! I am about to begin my senior year as an undergraduate and am currently attempting to assemble application materials for art history grad programs. I'm pursuing a triple degree in studio art, art history, and environmental science, and despite the fact that I have completed focused independent research in each of these fields and have a very clear idea of how these disciplines coalesce in my mind, I am having trouble articulating my academic goals in SOP format. The best I've come up with so far as a general thesis for my SOP is: "I view art history as the study of the physicality of human existence. As such, my research and my art seeks to communicate a tangible and intelligible connection between environmental specificity and human society while simultaneously shaping that society." My research interests are primarily 19th and 20th Century as well as Contemporary American Art with a concentration in urban planning and design, including material culture. My secondary interest (and what I have done the most research in!) is West African art, and the aesthetic influence of Western urban planning and material culture on developing West African nations from a social perspective. Other things really important to me and that I have a lot of experience in outside of the classroom: teaching, environmental and social activism, theater, music, digital database management, and professional experience as a photographer and painter. How can I best play up my interdisciplinary background? Is this something to be played up!?! I'm afraid of constructing a long and rambling narrative about all of my interests... If anyone has any advice on how to write an effective SOP either in general or specifically for art history, your input would be much appreciated! Additionally, if anyone reads this and thinks something akin to "Oh wow! Suchandsuch University has a GREAT program/GREAT faculty work in those areas!" PLEASE let me know! My top choice schools have extremely competitive programs (Yale, Harvard, Columbia) and it would be wonderful to have some more realistic options. Many thanks, and best of luck in your endeavors! (This is also posted in the Interdisciplinary forum!)
  10. I am interested in working in environmental and energy policy through federal agencies, government, non-profits, or lobbying/advocacy organizations. I have a solid science and technology background from my undergrad degree, as well as a few years of work experience as a consultant for a federal agency. My hope was to expand my current background into public policy, while bolstering my environmental sector skill set. As such, some of the dual degree programs in public policy and environment have caught my eye, specifically Michigan, Duke, and Indiana. However, I'm not at all sure that going for the dual degree would be worth it. I know if I were to pick one over the other, I'd lean towards the environment side, but the combination of both seems like it could potentially be a very powerful tool in the field I'm interested in working in. Has anyone enrolled in or completed one of these programs? Anyone else thinking of applying? Some concerns: * Was the added cost of staying three years, as opposed to two, worth it to get that second degree? * What does the MPP add that additional work experience and some supplemental training wouldn't? * If I'm looking to work for a non-profit, would they value an environmental degree with a policy concentration that much less than a dual degree in both areas? * If I wanted to work more closely with lawmakers and leadership (Congress, city planners, etc.), would the MPP be worthwhile preparation for me to effectively advise and collaborate with such groups? * I'm interested more in analysis, creation, and enforcement of policy and regulations, rather than management/administration of organizations. Is an MPP worth it for me?
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