From the Chair
Thank you for your interest in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program.
The EECB program provides opportunities for students to integrate their studies across many of the traditional subdisciplines represented at UH. It is administered as a “specialization” within the graduate curriculum of the various departments such as Botany, Zoology, Anthropology, etc.
EECB is not a degree granting department.
Therefore, to be considered for admission to EECB, you must be enrolled in or be applying to one of the participating academic departments (Botany, Zoology, Anthroplogy, etc.).
A student enrolled in the EECB program receives a Masters or Ph.D. degree from one of these academic departments, with a specialization in EECB.
Thus, the first step in applying to the EECB program is to contact a faculty member in one of the participating departments and who currently serves on the EECB faculty.
A list of EECB faculty members is available on this website. Once you have found an EECB faculty member whose interests overlap with your own and who can serve as your sponsor, they can guide you in submission of your application both to their department and to the EECB program.
Financial assistance is available for some EECB students in the form of research and/or teaching assistantships administered by the various departments and other research units at UH. You should discuss these possibilities directly with your sponsor.
EECB Program Admission Policy and Procedures
You must be accepted into a graduate program in an academic department before your application to EECB will be considered. You cannot be admitted to EECB without also being in an academic department.
For new students applying to UHM, you may apply to EECB concurrently with your application to the participating academic program (Zoology, Botany, etc.) to which you are applying, but you must indicate EECB in addition to that academic program on your UHM application. The additional documents indicated below must be sent directly to the EECB program office.
The EECB program deadline is February 1 for admission the following fall semester and October 15 for admission the following spring semester (or, if either of these dates falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the following Monday or the day after the holiday).
For new students applying to UHM, deadlines vary for each graduate program and the EECB deadline may be different from that of the academic graduate program to which you are applying. In addition, some programs only have fall admissions, which would mean that you could only apply to EECB for fall admission.
The following two documents must be sent by e-mail directly to the EECB program office (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Letter of interest in EECB
- A statement expressing interest in EECB (up to 3 pages), including, at a minimum
- Information on past academic experience
- Goals for graduate study in general and graduate study in EECB in particular
- What you feel you can contribute to EECB
- What you expect to gain by participation in EECB
- Letter of support from an EECB faculty sponsor
Your sponsor must be a member of the EECB graduate faculty. Ordinarily the sponsor would be or would become your graduate advisor/committee chair, or serve as a committee member if the graduate advisor is not a member of the EECB graduate faculty. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation of Applications
The EECB program seeks to encourage and support excellence in graduate studies in the biological sciences at UHM. Admission to EECB is therefore based on evaluation by the EECB admissions committee of the content and writing style of the applicant’s statement of interest and of the content of the faculty sponsor’s letter of support.