Rachel Page and I are no longer accepting applications for paid internship positions at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for 2017. We had about ~100 applications. Decision were made March 12. I regret to inform you that, if you have not heard back yet, you were not chosen.
However, I am now interested in prospective graduate students and postdocs starting in August 2018. The graduate school application deadline for The Ohio State University program in Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology is December 1, 2017.
For prospective graduate students, here’s my advice for applying:
Contact me first (as early as possible before December 1). If you are interested, please send me an email with a single PDF with (1) an informal cover letter explaining your scientific research interests, goals, and prior experiences; (2) your CV; (3) an informal academic transcript with GPA, classes, and grades (a screenshot is fine); and (4) the name and email addresses of two references. Even better, see if we can meet and talk in person at a conference. The goal would be to discuss some project ideas.
Apply for fellowships. This would pay your stipend, so you can work on research full-time. First look into NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. See what else you can find. Look up fellowships at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ford Foundation, Human Frontiers, Fulbright, etc. There’s also university fellowships.
Get research experience (if you don’t have any). Look into internships and research assistantships.
Read scientific papers. To really get caught up in a field, you probably need spend at least a full year just reading, writing, and thinking critically about whatever specific topic you want to study. The earlier you start, the better. If you’re interested in our lab, you should have read our papers. The more you know, the easier it will be to discuss potential projects.