How to Apply to the KU-EEB Graduate Program
It is critical that ALL application materials arrive in the department by the deadline.
|Application Term||Application Available||Application Deadline|
|Spring 2014||June 1, 2013||September 15, 2013|
|Summer 2014||August 1, 2013||December 1, 2013|
|Fall 2014||August 1, 2013||December 1, 2013|
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
- Application Form & Fee: The application form is submitted online and is available here. Application fees must be submitted when completing the form ($55 for domestic; $65 for international).
- Resume/Curriculum Vita: This document can be uploaded when submitting the application form.
- Essay: Please submit a succinct essay describing your motivation for attending the research-driven graduate program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. Include a description of your previous research experience (if applicable), research interests, and career goals. EEB is particularly interested in attracting graduate students who have demonstrated initiative in developing research projects or other examples of leadership abilities; please be sure your essay develops this theme. In addition, be sure to address any issues you foresee as being potential concerns to the Graduate Admissions Committee. Examples of such issues may include, but are not limited to, your degree of course preparedness, your level of research experience, or your test scores and GPA. Be certain to identify prospective faculty mentors you have contacted, and describe how their research intersects with your own research interests. The essay should be no longer than two pages in 12-point font. The document can be uploaded when submitting the application form. Please note that the Graduate Admissions Committee considers this essay an extremely important feature of your application, and will use it to gauge your clarity of vision, writing skills, and passion for your science.
- Letters of Recommendation: Select three qualified individuals for writing a letter of recommendation. The most appropriate letters are written by faculty who can describe an applicant's academic history and research experience. Letters from practicing research scientists are strongly encouraged. Note that letters from prospective KU faculty mentors are considered supplemental to the required three recommendation letters. Applicants will provide the email addresses of the letter writers on the application for admission, and KU will contact the letter writers to request digital recommendations.
- Transcripts: One set of academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be uploaded with the application form. Uploaded transcripts should be scanned versions of official transcripts issued by the institutions attended. Please note that advising forms do not fulfill the transcript requirement. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Official transcripts in hard-copy form are required only upon the receipt of an admission offer.
- GRE Scores: Native English-speakers and domestic applicants are required to submit an official GRE score report. Scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (Institution code 6871; Dept. code 0207).
- Proof of English Proficiency (for non-native English speakers only): An official TOEFL or IELTS score report should be sent directly from the agency that administered the exam. Alternate means of satisfying the English proficiency requirement are explained here.
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