Berry Graduate Student Fellowships are intended for outstanding students interested in pursuing a MS or PhD with an emphasis in ecology, evolution, and/or conservation. Applicants must have a faculty advisor from the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Students currently in a graduate program at UW are ineligible. The initial fellowship period is one year, renewable for up to a total of three years contingent on performance. Starting date is August 2014. Berry Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $24,000 and a research fund of $5,000 per year. They will be eligible for UW benefits.
The applicant must first contact a faculty member in the Department of Zoology and Physiology to arrange sponsorship. Once an advisor is arranged, the applicant needs to submit, in a single PDF file: a cover letter including the name of their faculty sponsor, a two-page research interest and goals statement, a CV, and GRE scores. Separately, applicants need to ensure that three letters of recommendation and a letter of support from their faculty sponsor are received by the Committee. All materials should be sent to the Berry Fellowship Committee <cbenkman [at] uwyo.edu> by 10 January 2014. You will also need to apply to the Graduate Program in the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Refer to the following URL for applying: http://www.uwyo.edu/zoology/grad%5Fdegrees/apply_grad.html
Prospective Graduate Students
1. I plan to accept a graduate student for fall 2014; see above fellowship. I am especially keen on students who have research interests that overlap closely with my research interests, and who would be competitive for the above Berry Graduate Student Fellowship. Please email me describing your research interests and future goals, and why you would like to work in my lab before you apply.
Here are two essays on being successful in graduate school that my students have found useful:
1. "Some modest advice for graduate students" by Stephens C. Stearns can be viewed here or download the PDF here