Dear Prospective student:
I appreciate your interest in my laboratory and the program in Ecology at the University of Georgia.
I strive to keep my lab a dynamic learning environment, which means that there are a few graduate students and/or undergraduate students engaged in research at any given time. I think research diversity is a key to learning from each other in the lab, but there are common threads between all of the ongoing projects. I look forward to speaking with you about how your interests interface with ongoing and future lab activities.
For you to be accepted into the Ecology program at UGA, a faculty sponsor is required. This means that someone agrees to be your major adviser. This “co-commitment” usually starts with communication in the fall semester almost one year prior to enrollment, with the goal of developing a package of support for your time in graduate school. Sources of support are research assistantships on funded grants, fellowships from NSF or U.S. EPA, recruitment fellowships from the University of Georgia, or teaching assistantships. Incoming doctoral students have the opportunity to submit fellowship proposals to NSF and/or U.S. EPA and your participation in these opportunities is strongly encouraged. For masters students, EPA star fellowships are an opportunity for support. Competition for recruitment fellowships awarded by UGA occurs in January and February of each year.
You are encouraged to come visit our program during a recruitment weekend that is typically in late January each year, or any other time that is more convenient for you. The weekend in January allows you to attend the annual Ecology Graduate Student Research Symposium, which gives a sense of the quality and focus of the research that current graduate students are engaged in. Check the Odum School of Ecology web site for next year’s dates!
Feel free to call me directly or send an email for further information.