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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in our program!  

Applying to Graduate School is an exciting yet potentially stressful time. The PBC program has put together some information to help make this process as smooth as possible. If you already have identified faculty with whom you are interested in working, feel free to send them an email (see below for tips). Identifying a prospective faculty mentor is NOT necessary at this stage. If you are still exploring options, you can fill out the questionnaire. Someone from the PBC program will be in touch within approximately one week after you fill it out. No preference is given to applicants who use the questionnaire or email prospective faculty mentors directly. Either option is fine! You can even do both. Finally, it is not unusual to be in touch with several prospective faculty mentors as you narrow your interests for graduate study – our goal is for you to find the best fit. 

  1. Check out Northwestern University’s Introduction to Graduate Education program
  2. Check out faculty and student webpages to help explore options for research directions
  3. When should you start reaching out? Anytime is good, but late summer/early fall is a great time to reach out to potential programs and mentors. We recommend getting in touch at least two weeks before the application deadline to give plenty of time to start discussions with potential mentors or to simply learn more about the program.  However, if it is already within two weeks of the deadline, please do not hesitate to reach out or to apply!  
  4. If you prefer to email directly in place of submitting the questionnaire, here are things to include in a brief email to a prospective mentor: 

You will need to submit a CV/resume if you decide to apply. It should include your academic background (degree, major, school, and year of graduation or anticipated year of graduation), relevant professional experience, and a list of skills. Although not required, you can list any of the following that apply: previous research experience (e.g., REU programs, internships, research assistant positions) or scientific communications (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, reports, blog posts, etc.). Check out this link for further instructions on how to create an informative CV: Building a curriculum vitae as an undergraduate student

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Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG with faculty from both institutions. Students use research facilities at the Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG. 

Application deadlines:

PhD: December 1, 2020

MS (thesis-based): February 15, 2021

MS (internship-based): Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15 and review will continue through April 30, 2021. Admissions are on a rolling basis.


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