We are excited to answer questions about the New Approaches to Graduate Recruitment in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science event. The event is being supported by the President’s New Approaches Initiative to promote and institutionalize new ways to enhance diversity and promote an inclusive environment in the University of Georgia Community. This project was initiated by the Odum School of Ecology and is supported by the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, and the Graduate School of the University of Georgia.
The event will occur between 28 February – 2 March 2019 at the University of Georgia. Events will begin Thursday evening and end Saturday morning.
Applications are due January 31, 2019!
Please visit this site to apply! https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3UvQRCNeKrFSXbv
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much will it cost for candidates to attend the event?
- We are planning for applicants to attend the event for free. We will do our best to reimburse all travel costs (mileage, flights, etc.) for selected candidates who are based in the United States and US Territories. During the event, all food will be provided, and candidates will be housed with currently enrolled graduate students.
Do applicants have to attend UGA for graduate school?
- No. We hope to create a networking opportunity that will stimulate interest in graduate studies at UGA, but there is no requirement to apply to UGA in the fall of 2019. We are designing an experience that will be beneficial for anyone applying to any graduate program in the US.
Can anyone interested in any field of study apply?
- We are excited in candidates interested in pursuing studies in environmental science. That means we are excited to support candidates pursuing studies in natural, physical, and/or social sciences with hopes to be mentored by faculty in Anthropology, Ecology, Geography, or Natural Resources/Forestry.
What will applicants gain from participating in the event?
- Participants will create a larger professional network in their field of interest.
- Participants will participate in workshops that will support them in learning: 1) how to contact potential advisors, 2) how to apply to graduate school, and 3) how to apply for nationally-competitive fellowship programs, including the NSF GRFP, the Fulbright Student Grant, and the Ford Fellowship Program.
- Participants will leave with examples of successful fellowship proposals.
Who should attend the event?
- We are excited to have a diverse group of participants from people from groups traditionally under-represented in the STEM fields. We realize that diversity comes in many shapes and forms (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, abilities, etc.) and we are excited to consider all candidates, including first-generation college students, for the program. We are happy to speak with anyone if they have questions, but we define diversity very broadly.
- Candidates should be considering applying to graduate school in the fall of 2019, with plans to matriculate in the fall of 2020. In other words, we want to create a networking opportunity for folks BEFORE they would apply to graduate school.For students enrolled in undergraduate programs, that means we are interested in students who are juniors that would be planning to attend graduate school right after completing undergrad and students who are seniors and are planning to work for one year before coming to graduate school.
- We are VERY interested in recruiting people who have finished school and have been working professionally and are thinking about using graduate school to change fields or support the advancement of their career. In other words, we are excited to consider applicants from many ages and career/educational stages!