The Departments of Geosciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton, in partnership with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, are seeking applicants for a graduate program in Ocean Science and Marine Biology. Students must apply to Graduate Studies in one of these Princeton University departments, noting their interest in the PU-BIOS Graduate Program in their application. This innovative program combines the best of two worlds: coursework within a broader university community where faculty undertake a wide range of ocean science research activities, and dissertation research conducted at a US-funded oceanographic and marine science research institution.
Benefits of the Program
The PU-BIOS Graduate Program provides students with access to a wide array of coastal and open ocean marine habitats, as well as the diverse faculty and staff required for research in current ocean science topics. BIOS is home to multiple long-standing and internationally recognized time-series studies, numerous Bermuda-based environmental monitoring programs, and globally-relevant research on ocean science and human health. PU-BIOS students will have full standing as Princeton graduate students with the unique opportunity to function as part of an active research community.
PU-BIOS students are advised jointly, with at least one faculty member from both Princeton and BIOS serving on their committee. This could involve a student undertaking complementary projects with different advisors, or a project that is collaborative between the Princeton and BIOS faculty members.
During the first year, a PU-BIOS student resides at Princeton and participates as a normal GEO or EEB graduate student, with the addition of several visits to Bermuda. In subsequent years, the student may be a resident at either Princeton or BIOS. Due to course and general exam requirements, students will most likely find themselves spending at least one semester of their second year at Princeton. Additionally, PU-BIOS students have the normal GEO or EEB teaching responsibilities and benefits.
How do I apply?
Graduate students apply to the PU-BIOS Program through GEO or EEB as part of the normal graduate school application process at Princeton, requesting consideration for this program in their statement of interest. Applicants are considered first for acceptance into the graduate program in GEO or EEB and, contingent upon this, admission into the PU-BIOS Program.
Recent PU-BIOS Students
Lisa McManus is a PhD student with the ecology and evolutionary biology department at Princeton University, and spent the summer of 2013 here at BIOS conducting research. Lisa said that, "being a student in the Princeton-BIOS graduate program gives me the opportunity to collaborate with scientists from two world-class research institutions. This summer, I was able to familiarize myself with the BIOS community as well as with many of the Bermudian reefs which will be the focus of my dissertation. I've had a fantastic experience - everyone has been genuinely interested and helpful with regards to my project and I have a clearer understanding of what I need to accomplish in the upcoming years. I'm excited to continue my field work next summer!”
Dr. Sarah Fawcett took part in the Princeton University-BIOS PhD program advised by Drs. Bess Ward and Daniel Sigman (Princeton University) and Dr. Michael Lomas (then at BIOS). Her dissertation, Nitrate assimilation by eukaryotic phytoplankton as a central characteristic of ocean productivity,was conducted using data from the Bermuda-Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) program; this work also gave her the opportunity to participate on multiple research cruises aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer. Since graduating in 2012, Dr. Fawcett has published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals-including Nature Geoscience-and given both oral and poster presentations at more than a dozen of conferences around the world. She currently works as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University.