Thank you for your interested in our Plant Computational Genomics group in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology located at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. I am a computational biologist with related interests interests in genomics and evolutionary biology.
I am interested in attracting students who are passionate about the integrative potential of big data and apply this to questions related to genome biology and evolutionary biology in non-model plant species. The current list of research projects for the lab is available here. We can support a limited number of applicants and ask that students submit documentation that supports strong communication, analytic, and quantitative skills. To apply for positions in our group, please provide:
(2) Contact information for at least three references
(3) Transcripts (unofficial), GRE scores, and TOEFL scores if appropriate
(4) Research Statement (1-2 pages in length)
- This is the most important portion of your application. You should summarize your previous interests/work but more importantly put together 2 or 3 proposals for your future research that is well supported by current literature and shows a connection to what we do here in the lab.
Congrats! You have joined an exciting group working hard to apply innovative solutions to challenging problems in complex non-model plant systems! What next?!
- Publish! A minimum of one paper from your research during their tenure in my lab.
- Present! All students should attend and present at regional and national scientific conferences.
- Teach! This is also often your source of funding. It is an important step toward becoming a productive academic.
- Read! Regularly review, discuss, and present relevant articles to your research.
- Apply for Funding! Apply for internal/external grants as applicable as well as travel funding opportunities. Many will be shared with you but there is an expectation for you to also seek them out.