Suggestions for new and aspiring graduate students in wildlife science

Wildlife Society Bulletin
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The transition from an undergraduate to a graduate program can be a difficult experience for students. Many undergraduates are unfamiliar with the process of preparing for graduate school, especially the search for a graduate program. Once in graduate school, they may be unfamiliar with requirements (both written and unwritten) and expectations, and they may also lack the necessary knowledge or skills to complete a graduate program successfully. For students in wildlife science graduate programs, these problems can become major issues, especially for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than wildlife science (e.g., biology programs). Although several authors have provided advice to graduate students (Stearns 1987, Hucy 1987, Witz 1994), their suggestions either did not provide sufficient information for undergraduate students, or
did not apply to graduate students in wildlife science. We provide information for undergraduates and new graduate students in wildlife science that is often unavailable prior to and during the initial phases of a graduate program. Our objectives are: (1) to provide advice on how to prepare for graduate school; (2) to provide an approach to locating,
evaluating, and selecting potential graduate schools and a graduate advisor; (3) to describe the fundamentals of graduate school; and (4) to familiarize students with available tools and techniques to enhance a graduate program. We hope that university professors will provide this paper to undergraduates to aid those interested in attending graduate
school. In addition, graduate advisors may wish to provide this paper to new graduate students as they begin their programs.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Suggestions for new and aspiring graduate students in wildlife science
Series title Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume 26
Issue 1
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta, National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 10 p.
First page 41
Last page 50
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