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Are you applying for graduate school in the US or Canada and feeling overwhelmed by the choices available to you and the complexity of the application process? This informative and humorous guide for life and earth science students offers comprehensive advice to help you prepare and increase your chances of success. Adopting a step-by-step approach, you will be guided through the entire application process, from undergraduate preparation and choice of graduate program to funding, applying, scheduling a visit, and finally deciding which offer to accept. Based extensively on a comprehensive survey of graduate admissions programs across the United States, the advice offered is evidence-based and specific to the natural sciences. This jargon-free text ensures that prospective students are well prepared and make the best use of all available resources to convince graduate programs and advisors that you are the best candidate.
1. Pre-graduate school preparation
2. Graduate record examination (GRE)
3. Your curriculum vitae (CV)
4. Choosing a graduate program
7. Visiting and interviewing
8. Master's, doctorate, or undecided
9. Acceptance and decision time
10. The graduate school experience
S. Kersey Sturdivant is a marine scientist who specialises in coastal disturbance. He is a faculty member at Duke University, North Carolina and helped establish an environmental consulting company, INSPIRE Environmental, which focuses on novel ocean observing systems.
Noelle J. Relles is an instructor of biology and environmental studies at State University of New York, Cortland. She received her doctorate at the College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science where she studied Caribbean coral reefs and marine policy.