Junior Year - Fall

Use the Biology Graduate School Checklist‎ ‎to keep track of your progress in preparing for graduate school.
  • Update resume.
  • Reflect more seriously on what biology careers interest you and why you want to attend graduate school. Narrow down your field(s) of interest to a handful or less.
  • Meet with Dr. Deschênes, the Biology Graduate Advising Coordinator, to discuss specific graduate school options.
  • Continue cultivating relationships with Biology faculty members and professionals within your field.
    • Consider doing informational interviews with people in the field you'd like to study (e.g., Biology Department professors, work supervisors, internship supervisors, etc.).  Career Development can help you prepare for informational interviews.
    • Get involved in Biology faculty research projects.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make sure that you are fulfilling all requirements for graduation.
    • Determine the entrance requirements for the graduate schools and programs that interest you. Plan your academic schedule so that you can fulfill these requirements before you graduate.
    • Take demanding Biology courses, and earn strong grades in them.
  • Apply for summer research fellowships or internships; deadlines are usually in December and early Spring.
  • Talk to senior Biology majors who are going through the graduate school application process.
  • Start researching graduate schools and programs.
    • The Career Development Resource Library has Peterson's Guides, books web sites, articles and other resources to get you started.
    • Write or call potential grad schools to request applications and catalogs.
  • Determine which graduate entrance exam(s) (GREs) you will need to take and when.

    • General GREs are offered frequently.
    • Some schools may require specific biology subject tests in addition to the general GRE, but the subject tests are only offered in the Fall or Spring. 
    • Plan accordingly!  Take the GRE(s) early enough to give yourself time to retake them in case you don’t score well the first time. 
    • You are strongly recommended to register for a Spring GRE, which you can retake the following Fall if necessary.


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