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A Guide to Graduate School Admissions in the Geosciences

Samuel J. Smidt

Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA, ssmidt@ufl.edu

David J. Gates

Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, USA, djgates@email.uark.edu


While information on pursuing graduate studies is widely available from both web sources and faculty advisers, many prospective students find a lack of organization and consistency in materials. This article seeks to streamline student preparation by providing a guide to graduate program admissions. In addition, we suggest target completion dates and cite open-source material for further documentation. Further, this article helps structure an approach for prospective students while alleviating the demands on faculty by consolidating the advising process.

Manuscript received 10 April 2019. Revised manuscript received 2 Oct. 2019. Manuscript accepted 13 Feb. 2020. Posted 25 Feb. 2020.

© 2020, The Geological Society of America. CC-BY-NC.


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