Graduate school in biology is arduous and at times daunting. It requires a great deal of motivation, independence, and perseverance. At the same time, graduate school has many up-sides and is remarkably fun and rewarding.
I look for graduate students who show both steadfast dedication and abundant enthusiasm for the work they are doing. I view my relationships with graduate students as collaborative; students are always welcome to stop by my office to discuss their work or any interesting papers they have found. Though I expect hard and studious work from my students, I strongly feel that their experience in my lab should be overall positive and exciting.
If I have described you, and a lab environment in which you believe you will thrive, I encourage you to contact me via email. I prefer being contacted early in the admissions season, rather than a few weeks before the admissions deadline, so that we can engage in a conversation and (both) get a sense of whether working together is an ideal fit.
In your email to me, please include your CV and clearly outline the following:
What are your scientific interests, and how do they fit with my lab?
What questions are you interested in answering, or what projects do you want to work on? Please be as specific as you can. You do not have to have a PhD planned out to come to my lab, though I want to know the issues that you want to study while you’re here. Likewise, you may have specific projects that you want to pursue, and this is fine as well.
What is your educational history and what is your past research experience?
Once you email, we can begin our conversation to mutually assess whether we would be a good match working together.