Dear Prospective student,
I appreciate your interest in my laboratory for your graduate research.
My goal is to keep my lab a dynamic and diverse learning environment that includes postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates. I maintain a modest sized lab of two-three PhD students, one or two postdocs, and usually one or two undergraduates. The reasons for a self-imposed cap of less then four graduate students are many and I’d be happy to discuss those in more detail. I welcome and encourage students to explore a diversity of research projects but there are common themes among all of the ongoing projects. Most involve wet environments!
To be accepted into the graduate program at NC State, you must identify a faculty sponsor on the graduate application and that faculty member must agree to be your major adviser. In order for me to consider students please begin communication in the fall semester one year prior to your anticipated enrollment, so that we can develop a financial and research support plan for your time in graduate school. Providing the best stipend and research support is one of my primary goals as an adviser. Sources of support can include research assistantships on funded grants, fellowships from NSF or U.S. EPA, recruitment fellowships (e.g., Provost or Diversity Enhancement) from the NC State University, Climate Science Fellowships through the Southeast Climate Science Center, or teaching assistantships. Incoming doctoral students can submit proposals to the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program and I am willing to help you develop your proposal, as I have successfully done for my other graduate students.
I encouraged you to come visit our program during a recruitment weekend (typically in late January or early February each year), or at another time that is more convenient for you. I also suggest looking at the diversity of potential committee members who can include faculty from other colleges and departments (e.g., FER, MEAS, and BAE) at NC State, as well as from UNC and Duke Universities located within less than 30 min of NC State.
Feel free to call me directly or send an email for further information. I look forward to speaking with you about how your interests interface with ongoing and future research in the lab.