Faculty directly select prospective student for admission and assistantship.
A faculty member can only bring in a new student If the faculty member:
Has a research project beginning or space on a current project.
Can commit to serving as major professor.
Has assistantship funding available for the prospective student.
Prospective students should reach out to faculty in the department via email. You should introduce yourself, attach your CV, and explain how your research interests and career goals align with the faculty members area of research.
It is recommended you research each faculty member and narrow down the few faculty members whose research aligns with yours.
The residential programs in the Agronomy department are experiential. In addition to coursework, students participate on a research project. The time commitment for the research project is 10-20 hours per week, year-round. The agronomy department believes that It is only fair that students who are expected to perform research functions are compensated for their efforts through an assistantship.
Students who have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship, or a limitednumber of other scholarships/fellowships may be admitted without an assistantship depending on the terms of the scholarship/fellowship.
The department does not track which faculty members might have potential student openings. Potential openings are determined by research projects, funding, prior commitments and current student graduation –all of which are overseen by individual faculty.
Only prospective students with a faculty commitment can be admitted. If you are unable to obtain a faculty commitment, it should not be viewed as a negative reflection of your credentials. It is common for many faculty members to not accept new students for several academic semesters in a row due to funding or having already committed their time to current students.
There is no set number of admissions a year. The number of students a faculty member can admit a year is determined by grant funding, current or future research projects, and the availability to serve as major professor.
There is no strict deadline. However, students that receive a commitment from a faculty member should apply and submit all of their admissions materials promptly. The department urges prospective students who have secured a faculty commitment to have their application submitted 6 months prior to the term they are seeking admission.
Agronomy faculty are expected to fund their assistants for the duration of their program (2-5 years depending on degree). Students may lose their assistantship if placed on academic probation or are dismissed from the program. Funding may run out if a student does notgraduate in a timely manner.