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Prospective Graduate Students - Advice for Applicants

The Pierce Lab typically accepts one or two new graduate students every year. Students in the lab work on many different projects, although in general they all address some aspect of insect behavioral ecology and/or species interactions. Most students work on a thesis project of his or her own design.  In addition, the website describes several on-going, collaborative projects that students are welcome to join.

Members of the laboratory have come from many places, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Colombia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the US. Students and postdoctoral fellows have gone on to careers in academia, museums and zoos, state and federal agencies, private NGO's and industry (see Alumni list for links to current positions)

If you are interested in applying, here are a few suggestions about how to proceed:

  1. Send an email to Naomi Pierce with a letter explaining your background and research interests. Please attach your current CV or resume to your email. If she is slow to reply, please just send exactly the same email again (no explanation necessary).  

  2. Send an email to the Senior Academic Programs Administrator for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard (GSAS), Lydia Carmosino (, to request information about how to apply to the Department. Lydia will be the person in the Department tracking the progress of your application, so she is an important person to contact, and she can keep you informed regarding the status of your application. 

  3. The OEB Graduate Committee typically invites students on the short list to visit the Department for interviews at the end of January/ early February (or sometimes Skypes with candidates who are overseas and/or unable to come during the interview period).  The Committee makes final decisions shortly afterwards.