Junior Year - Spring

Use the Biology Graduate School Checklist‎ to keep track of your progress in preparing for graduate school.

  • Meet with Dr. Deschênes, the Biology Graduate Advising Coordinator, to discuss your progress.
  • Continue cultivating relationships with Biology faculty members and professionals within your field.
  • Do research with Biology faculty members.
  • Try to attend at least one professional conference in your field of study or in general science (e.g., Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Sigma Xi). Attending these conferences will help you get a "feel" for your field and provide opportunities to network with potential graduate research mentors.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make sure that you are fulfilling all requirements for graduation and for potential graduate programs that interest you.
  • Talk to senior Biology majors who are going through the graduate school application process.
  • In early Spring, apply for summer research fellowships or internships in your field.
  • Continue researching graduate schools and programs.
    • Continue to use resources listed in the Fall of your Junior year.
    • Find out about the research interests of the faculty at the schools you are considering. Look up their research papers in the SHU library or online databases
    • Decide if you want to earn a Master’s Degree or a PhD  in your field of interest.
  • Prepare for the GRE
    • Register for a summer GRE.
    • Study!
    • Take practice GREs when offered through Kaplan and/or the Career Development Office.
    • Take subject GRE (if required).



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