The Department of Botany offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees. As part of these programs students participate in research, teaching and coursework that lay a foundation for expertise in the broad discipline of plant biology. Our faculty have strong research programs in plant biology, in which undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students play a key role.
The primary goal of graduate studies in the Department of Botany at the University of Wyoming is the education of highly qualified individuals for productive careers in an academic or non-academic profession, including teaching, research, industry, government, environmental management or other applications of plant biology1. The foundation for professional training is built upon achieving a high level of intellectual development and scholarly research. Two advanced degrees are offered to accomplish this goal: the M.S. degree with a thesis and the Ph.D. degree. Regardless of the degree program or professional direction, students educated in the Department of Botany will achieve a breadth of knowledge about plant biology and will be accomplished in their ability to extend knowledge through scholarly research. Students will be skilled in conveying knowledge in both academic and non-academic settings and will understand the value and practice of scientific service activities
Programs of graduate study are based on courses, seminars, readings and research, and normally utilize some materials and human resources from other parts of the university or other centers of scholarship. It is expected that each student will work closely with a faculty adviser from the Department of Botany and that this association will determine the exact nature of the
individual's professional growth.
The curricular program is usually first outlined by the student and adviser, presented to the graduate committee for discussion, and then revised to the satisfaction of all parties. The program form must carry the approval of the faculty adviser and department head before being submitted to the graduate school dean. Any changes in the program must be submitted on a “Request for Change in Program” form to be approved by the faculty adviser and the dean of the graduate school.
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Checklist for applicants:
1. Correspond with a faculty member with appropriate research interests
2. Visit Graduate Admission Process Overview
Begin Online Application and next steps
3. Letter of interest
Describe your background and interests, your prior communication with a faculty member in the department, and your plans for your degree.
4. Curriculum vitae
Describe your educational, research and relevant employment background.
5. Three letters of recommendation
Letters should be sent directly by a student's recommenders.
6. Transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended
Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable initially. If a student is admitted, official transcripts will be required.
7. Results of the GRE exam
Results from the General Test are typically required of all applicants. The Biology Subject Test is not required. Unofficial copies of results are acceptable initially.
8. Results of the TOEFL for some international students
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