Here is another post based on my response to a question from a current undergrad. They wanted to know what the process for applying to grad schools looks like and any prep they could do along the way to give them an advantage. Here are my thoughts based on my own experience of looking for schools as well as what I've seen other students do to successfully get into grad school in ecology. Quick disclaimer that that my experience is limited to the US system. I know funding and other aspects of the grad school application process are different in other countries.
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In conclusion, it does take a lot of work to apply to grad school, but it's also not as bad as it might seem. After emailing 30 professors, I got interviews with only 3. But it didn't actually take me that long to write each email because I used a template for the bulk of the message. In retrospect though, I don't think it was much more difficult than applying for college.
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Luka Negoita, PhD
I received my BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in 2011 and my PhD in Biology with a focus in theoretical plant ecology in May 2018 with Dr. Jason Fridley at Syracuse University. I love teaching and working with ecology students on everything from mental health to data analysis, research design, and study techniques.