With approximately 40 students, OEB is large enough to provide opportunities for a wide range of interactions among students, but small enough so that students form a cohesive group. OEB is structured to offer broad, flexible training. Beyond core courses in ecology and evolution, there are few formal course requirements. Instead, each student’s committee tailors a program of coursework to the student’s background and areas of research interests. Students are encouraged to seek extramural funding and publish their research before they complete their degree. Our students have received NSF Predoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Dissertation Improvements Grants as well as funding from the National Geographic Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Lindbergh Foundation and the Switzer Foundation.
OEB students are a diverse and group with broad interests. Students interact with one another through student run seminars and discussion groups, as well as program-wide avenues. Approximately half of our students are women with 6 master's students and 30 doctoral students currently enrolled.OEB students run a very successful Science Café series designed to engage the broader community in science discourse outside University walls, with a target audience of adult, non-scientific community members. Events take place throughout the academic year. Look under the Outreach tab (above) or click on the Science Café mug (in the right sidebar) to find out more.