Resources for Applicants / Prospective Students

The graduate program in Ecology & Evolution welcomes applications from students interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes that underlie patterns of life on earth. Applications are processed through the Division’s Office of Graduate Affairs. E&E students conduct research at all levels of biological organization, from gene regulation to entire ecosystems, working in laboratories or in the field on a variety of organisms and ecological communities. 

If you are considering applying to the Ph.D. program in Ecology & Evolution, here are some suggestions to prepare and strengthen your application:

  • Review E&E program requirements and BSD admissions information
  • Browse the list of our faculty, and identify the laboratories most aligned with your research interests
  • Reach out to current students working in those labs, to learn about ongoing projects and training opportunities, and to get a feel for each lab's methods and climate
  • Reach out and contact these professors, asking whether they are planning on taking students, and to explore research opportunities in their labs
  • Contact current and previous lab members, to gather useful information on life in that laboratory, the career outcomes of alumni, and expectations for graduate students
  • Consider applying for independent fellowships. For example, many of our applicants apply to the NSF GRFP, which provides three years of financial support
  • If you have questions about the program, please contact us!
Following are a few links that you might find interesting:

Learn about the University of Chicago

UChicago Biological Sciences Division - Facts & History

Video tour of the University

Things to do in Hyde Park

Seminar rooms honoring Frank R. Lillie and Ernest E. Just

When spring arrives, we have ducklings at Botany Pond