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2019 EEB Applicants: Profiles, Results, etc

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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 school
Major(s): Statistics & Applied Ecology
Minor(s): Mathematics & Biology
GPA in Major: 3.1
Overall GPA: 3.8
Position in Class: n/a
Type of Student: International Male

GRE 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 biology

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Dean's list for 1 year (junior year)

Undergraduate research award

Pertinent 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 years

Any 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)

 

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I'm interested in evolutionary quantitative analysis as well. I was wondering if you or anyone had any insight into the CUNY EEB program? How did you go about ranking your programs of interest? I only applied local around the Northeast area.

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Sorry, I don't really know anything about the CUNY EEB program.. For my case, I only applied programs that showed an interest in me when I contacted some of the POIs there. My top choice would be either the UMN --  EEB or Conservation Sciences program since I've worked with some of the POIs there last summer and their research interests match well with mine. For UC Davis and U of Washington, Seattle, some of the POIs' research interests match a bit with mine but not 100% and I don't really know what it would look like to work with them either.. I believe when you consider applying for Ph.D. programs, it's more about whether your POIs research areas match with yours + the environment of the lab and program actually fits you rather than looking for famous schools. 

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Hey!

I’ve applied and interviewed for Minnesota EEB as well. Have you heard back from them yet? I saw a post about an acceptance on the results section, but I haven’t heard either way. 

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Undergrad Institution: Small public liberal arts school
Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): Chemistry
GPA in Major: 3.5
Overall GPA: 3.1
Position in Class: unk
Type of Student: Female

GRE Scores:
Q: - 161
V: - 163
W: - 4.0

Research Experience: 

Semester abroad in Africa where I participated in several primate research projects and then designed and conducted my own project which led to a published paper

Undergraduate Research Thesis

Post bach- Lead field ecologist for national project for several years

Post bach- Fellowship at large, well known environmental agency.  Several ongoing research projects 

2-3 additional summer research jobs while an undergraduate


Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Undergraduate research poster presentation award


Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

See research exp


Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

R and python programming

Remote sensing data work

Several paper and poster presentations

Workshop leader at national conference

2nd author on peer reviewed publication

3rd author on paper currently in review

 

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Only applied to schools where I had positive contact with PI's and was encouraged to apply

Areas of interest:

Landscape Ecology & Remote Sensing analysis

 

Applying for Masters programs in (updating with results when I remember):

UC Davis - GGE 

CSU -- Natural Resource Ecology

University of Washington- Environmental and Forest Sciences- Professor I was in contact with told me they decided to go with someone who has two masters degrees and they'll be turning the position into a PhD instead now.  No official rejection yet

UC Berkeley- Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning

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Undergrad Institution: Large public research school
Major(s): Biology (Ecology, Evolution & Conservation)
Minor(s): Quantitative Science
GPA in Major: 3.28
Overall GPA: 3.36
Position in Class: n/a
Type of Student: Domestic Female undergrad

GRE Scores:
Q: - 157
V: - 164
W: - 4.5

Research Experience:

1 yr with evolutionary genetics lab in my institution's Department of Pathology

3 month internship with HIV cure research lab with a research institute in San Francisco

~1.5 yrs with an environmental health lab 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Dean's list for 6 quarters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:

1 summer internship with life sciences start up

2 yrs Volunteer science educator with local elementary school 


Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Experience in R and Python + Minor in Quantitative Science (stats for biologists)

1 verbal presentation and 1 poster session


Special Bonus Points: 

1 LOR from well-known PI in environmental health

1 LOR from well-known PI in genetics

 

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Contacted most PIs through email in fall prior to applying

 

Areas of interest:

Evolutionary Ecology, Marine Biology, Climate Change, Genetics, Physiology

Applications:

U of Miami (RSMAS Marine Biology & Ecology)  - Interviewed

USC (Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography) - Interviewed

UC Davis (Animal Biology) - Interviewed + verbal acceptance offer

UC Davis (Ecology) 

UCLA (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) - applied for master's

UCSC (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)

Oregon (Biology)

Oregon State (Integrative Biology) - applied for master's

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On 2/21/2019 at 3:45 AM, DB12345 said:

Hey!

I’ve applied and interviewed for Minnesota EEB as well. Have you heard back from them yet? I saw a post about an acceptance on the results section, but I haven’t heard either way. 

Hey! Sorry for the late reply. I got an offer from Sharon on Feb 22nd! I hope you heard back from them.. 

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So far, I got two offers from EEB and Conservation Sciences programs from UMN and decided to accept my offer from EEB program! (Also, I put my GPA wrong up there, overall GPA is 3.1 and major is 3.8 -- There is hope for those who have 3.1 GPA!). 

I contacted UC Davis and my POI said she was very impressed by my application and indicated her support to the PBGG admissions committee, but the PBGG had a particularly competitive year and none of the students who applied to her lab ended up making it through the PBGG. So no from UC Davis :( 

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I see UCLA MS EEB has accepted at least one person. I applied to the MS specializing in Ecology and Evolution of Medicine. Has anyone applied to this particular MS track? Have you heard back?

Congratulations to those who have already been accepted :)

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Hello,

Does anyone have information on Denver University (DU not CU or UCD's) EEB program? Looking for some information on the odds of getting in, the deal with the "Priority" vs "Final" deadline, so admissions questions as well as any experiences anyone has had with them.

Thank you! 

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I hope everyone had a good application season. If anyone has questions from a current (5th-year) PhD student in an ecology/evolutionary-biology program, but does not wish to post them on the main forums, please feel free to PM me.

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