Interested in joining the lab?
NOTE: we are recruiting a PhD student to start Fall 2018. See this link.
Advice for students
- John Thompson: Being a successful graduate student
- Steve Stearns: Some modest advice for graduate students
- Ray Huey: Reply to Stearns: Some acynical advice for graduate students
- Kearns and Gardiner: The care and maintenance of your advisor
- Martin Schwartz: The importance of stupidity
- Matt Ayres: Compilation of much more advice
Graduate students are very important. They are future leaders. They bring new ideas into our group. And they contribute to the vibrant, stimulating environment that makes this job so fun. So I take graduate training and mentoring very seriously.
You can expect me to take an active interest in your work and to try hard to provide you the resources and opportunities you need to succeed. These resources include funding, space, and field/computer gear. Opportunities include regular chances to get feedback on your ideas, invitations to participate in workshops and speak at meetings, and connections with colleagues who can help with your projects and career. I'm open to advising students in a range of topics, but the closer our interests align, the more I can help.
I will expect you to take ownership of your graduate education and to commit to it full time. Your success is up to you. I expect students to take complete advantage of the opportunities and resources I provide. Students should plan to publish their work from day one, and I expect you to follow through in doing so. Finally, I ask students to engage actively in the overlapping communities of my lab and the Gund Institute.
How to proceed. The first step is to make sure your interests intersect with ours, so read about our projects and some publications . Also check out the Gund Instititue for Environment, since that's a big part of my life at UVM. Students don't have to work on exactly what I do, but the closer our interests align, the better advisor I'll be (and sometimes funding restricts whom I can support). Next, send me an email, briefly describing your research and conservation interests, the specific kinds of graduate projects that interest you, and your background. Attaching a resume is a good idea too. We'll go from there, but you should plan to visit sometime before deciding - in part so you can assess me, the group, and UVM.
Applying to UVM. To work with me here at UVM you need to apply to the Graduate College to be admitted as a student in the Rubenstein School. This website has all you need to know about that. In your application essay, be sure to describe clearly why you would like to work with me, and whether we've discussed any specific projects.
Funding. Much as I wish it were otherwise, admission does not guarantee funding for your tuition, stipend, or research costs. Graduate funding takes a dizzying diversity of forms, typically including a mixture of TA-ships for teaching in the School, RA-ships from active grants, and research fellowships that the student applies for. If you are accepted, we will work hard to line up funding, but the strongest students go after their own graduate fellowships both before and after they begin. Here is a good clearinghouse of opportunities, and some particularly good ones are NSF's Graduate Research Funding Program, National Research Council's Research Associate Program, and EPA's STAR Fellowships.
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