Students interested in our research group's foci are
encouraged to contact J. Fodrie during Sept-Nov
for entrance to the UNC graduate program (MASC or E3P)
in the subsequent year (fall semester).
Successful applicants will generally have strong
undergraduate GPAs, and have backgrounds/ideas that
allow then to compete in national fellowship programs
such as NSF-GRFP, DOE, etc. We want our research
group to represent the communities we work and live in,
so applicants from diverse backgrounds are welcomed
and encouraged to apply.
Interested students are encouraged to contact several
potential graduate advisors. This gives the student the
best chance of finding an advisor (and entire laboratory group) who is (are) a great professional and personal match. Furthermore, funding always plays in a role in whether a student can enter a program,
and may be hit-or-miss in any given year. As with many endeavors, a diversified portfolio is helpful.
Entering MS students will be encouraged to integrate their thesis in to our ongoing research, while students pursuing a Ph.D. will be pushed to develop dissertation ideas that are largely their own (with collaborative input from the advisor and committee). Due to the independence expected of Ph.D. students, potential applicants should pay particular attention to our research themes and publications for guidance regarding "fit".
UNC-IMS is a dynamic facility with immediate access to the coastal environments of North Carolina. The Institute owns a wealth of resources - including boats, outdoor/indoor wetlabs, and cutting edge instrumentation - that promote novel research of international scope. NOAA, Duke and NCSU marine labs are all within a five-minute drive and add to the academic experience at IMS.
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