105 million years ago 44 million years ago


Prof. S. Blair Hedges
Department of Biology
Pennsylvania State University
208 Mueller Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802-5301

Tel. 814-865-9991
(for fax, use 3125 in place of last 4 digits)
E-mail: sbh1-at-psu-dot-edu

Information for prospective students:
If you have an interest in the research that we do and would like to join the lab, please send an email to Prof. Hedges with the information below.

Prospective Graduate Students:

  1. Briefly state your research interests and reason for wanting to join the lab.
  2. Your current degrees (or expected degrees) and institutions.
  3. Your GRE scores and percentiles, including subject (if available).
  4. Your GPA (major and cumulative).
  5. Degree sought at Penn State (M.Sc. or PhD).
  6. Your career objective after graduate school.

*NOTE: This informal application to join my laboratory as a graduate student and the formal application to graduate school at Penn State are separate. Most students formally apply through the biology graduate program, although you may also apply through genetics, ecology, or IBIOS-BG (bioinformatics and genomics), depending on your research interests. Those interested in my astrobiology research program, and obtaining a dual-title PhD in Astrobiology, may apply through any of these programs. There are no formal rotations, but rotations among two or more labs during the first year can be designed for interested students. It is best to make contact early (in the fall) and apply early (by December, or early January) to take advantage of internal sources of support (scholarships, fellowships, recruitment awards) offered through various programs at Penn State. Successful applicants are invited to visit Penn State for an interview in the spring semester (usually February) for a recruitment weekend. Separate visits at any time also can be arranged.

Prospective Undergraduate Researchers:

  1. Your major and class standing as of today (year and which semester/quarter, etc.)
  2. Biology and chemistry courses you are taking or have completed.
  3. Your SAT scores and current cumulative GPA.Photo Credit: London Wolfe
  4. Whether or not you are in the Schreyer Honors College.
  5. Your career objective after graduation.

*NOTE: Schreyer Scholars are preferred, and maintenance of a satisfactory GPA (3.5 or greater) is expected. No special skills are required, but the ability to interact well with other people is a must. Also, a quickness to learn new techniques, propensity for computers, "good hands" in the laboratory, ability to focus on a task without distraction, neat handwriting, and enthusiasm for the subject are expected. Most students take 3 credits of Biology 296 or 496 each semester, which corresponds to nine hours in lab per week.

Back to Top

Tailpiece Image
www.caribherp.org www.caribnature.org www.caribmap.org www.timetree.org

Lab websites surpass
1,400,000 visits!

www.caribherp.org www.caribnature.org www.caribmap.org
www.caribherp.org www.caribnature.org www.caribmap.org

Copyright © 1999-2014 S. Blair Hedges
Last updated: 27 January 2013