EEB Grad Student Guide

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This Wiki serves as a guide for graduate students in Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The information contained here is written by graduate students and is primarily maintained by the graduate student representatives (currently Ruthie Birger and Josh Daskin for the 2014-2015 academic year). It is meant to provide some official information but particularly informal advice and tips from older graduate students. For official documentation, we recommend asking Lolly O'Brien, Andy Dobson (Director of Graduate Students), or Lars Hedin (the chair of our department). This is an evolving, dynamic document, and any graduate student is welcome to edit the content. Please contact Ruthie or Josh if you'd like access to edit the Wiki, or if you'd like them to change or add something.

Use the table of contents to the right to navigate through the Wiki. You'll find information about the departmental requirements for completing a Ph.D. (although the information listed here should be correct, please see the department's official policy document for the actual letter of the law); a rough guide to what each year of graduate school will be like; information about stipend funding; important things to know when embarking on a research project; and a description of campus resources, departmental social activities, and typical extracurricular activities.

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For prospective graduate students
If you are a prospective student, we recommend that you start at the official department website for information about the department and a list of current faculty. In addition, check out the websites of the faculty members and read about their interests and a few of their papers to see who you may be interested in working with. If your interests align with any of theirs, contact them early in the application process (early fall) to see if they are taking students this year, and if they may be interested in working with you. Applications for admission are typically due in December for enrollment the following fall.

Initially written in 2004 by Marissa Baskett, Jayatri Das, Nathan Gregory, and Duncan Menge, converted to wiki format in September 2009 by Sarah Batterman and Allison Shaw. Last updated September 2014 by Albert Kao.

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