Summer Between Junior and Senior Year

Use the Biology Graduate School Checklist ‎to keep track of your progress in preparing for graduate school.
  • Work or volunteer at a research job or fellowship that is related to your field of interest.
  • Continue to research graduate programs and faculty members.

    • Continue to use resources listed previously.
    • Determine the minimum GPA and GRE requirements for each program in which you are interested.  Your chances of being admitted into a program are much higher if you meet these requirements.
    • If you are applying to graduate programs in non-biomedical fields such as ecology and conservation, contact those faculty whose interests are similar to your own. Request copies of their research papers and indicate your interest in their research.  Ask these faculty if they are looking for graduate students for the following year.
    • Try to make an informational visit to the universities in which you are most interested, and ask to speak with graduate students in the program(s) to which you’d like to apply.  Ask these students about their experiences in the program, strengths and weaknesses of the program, and long-term success of graduates of the program.
    • Determine the costs of each graduate program (e.g., tuition, approximate room and board either on- or off-campus, miscellaneous fees).
    • Determine how your graduate training will be funded.
      • Graduate student loans
      • Graduate teaching or research assistantships
      • Graduate fellowships and grants
      • Training grants
  • By the end of the summer, make a tentative list of schools to which you plan to apply and request application packets from each of them.
  • Study for and take the general GRE.
  • Register and study for a Fall Subject GRE (if required by the programs and schools to which you are applying).
  • Budget for non-refundable application fees ($25.00-$100.00)


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