Financial Aid Four sources of financial support are generally available: fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and graderships. All students seeking September admission who have completed their applications by January 15 are considered for fellowships or teaching assistantships, which are awarded on the basis of background and merit. Teaching assistants teach the laboratory sections of undergraduate and graduate courses. Research assistantships are usually available through an individual faculty member's research project, and the faculty in one's area of interest should be contacted directly for information. Graduate teaching and research assistantships range from $14,400-$16,000 for full support for the academic year; a summer research stipend of $4000-$5000 typically is also offered. In-state and out-of-state tuition is covered for most students receiving financial aid.
Admission Requirements Candidates for admission must show a past history of scholarship and academic excellence and a desire and determination to further their studies in the environmental sciences with an emphasis on original scientific research. Although not specifically required for admission, a firm background in mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, geology, aria biology will be to the student's advantage. The Dean's minimum standards for admission are an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (last two years) and a score of 1000 on the GREs (combined verbal and quantitative scores). Successful applicants, however, are more likely to have a GPA of 3.4 or higher, GRE scores of 1250 or higher, and have shown particular promise for research through correspondence, telephone conversations, personal interviews, or evidence of scholarship and research not represented by grades or test scores. For foreign students, a TOEFL score of 250 or higher on computerized test (600 or higher on the written test) is required for admission. A personal interview with faculty with similar interests is strongly advised.