The team is the lifeblood of this whole operation. We love hearing from people interested in joining us! If you are interested in studying for a graduate degree with Rachelle, please see the information below.
For those interested in graduate work, a note from Rachelle:
Thank you for your interest in joining my group! Graduate students are one of my favorite parts of working in academia. Grad school is a challenging, exciting process – a time of freedom, new ideas, growth, and (probably) rough spots. I take it seriously and look for students who will do the same.
Funding is a very important part of graduate school. At UVM, we cannot support graduate students without a specific funding source. For the 2020-2021 year, I am recruiting for one open PhD position; I will co-advise the admitted student with Dr. Brendan Fisher and Dr. Tony D'Amato. See here for details on this position ("PhD Assistantships Examining Ecological, Economic and Social Outcomes of Maple Production"). If you are interested, please email me and I will provide information on next steps.
If you are interested in a PhD and the "maple ecosystem services" position does not fit your interests, you can consider applying for a Gund PhD fellowship. Details on this process are here. If you would like to pursue this option with me as an advisor, please see and follow the "two tips and thoughts" below. If it seems like a fit, please then email me with specific proposal ideas.
Two tips and thoughts:
Finding an advisor for graduate school is about fit. Please take some time perusing this website and my publications. If you are not finding that perusal interesting, that may be a sign that we’re not a good fit! I ask that you read at least one of my publications before contacting me about graduate work. If you find this unbearable or boring, it probably won't work out. The closer your interests are to mine, the better I will be able to support and help you to create and maintain a vibrant graduate school experience.
Think through precisely why you want a graduate degree, and what type of graduate degree. I am a deeply interdisciplinary scholar, so students who work with me are likely to be interdisicplinarians. I love this; for me it works wonderfully. But it’s a particular choice within academia. I feel like it’s a wonderful way to creatively address problems, but it might make it more difficult to find an academic job when you finish (although I think this is changing).
Applying to UVM:
To work with me here at UVM, you need to apply to the Graduate College to be admitted as a student in the Rubenstein School. The Rubenstein School graduate program webpage has all you need to know about the UVM application process; note that one necessary step is contacting Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner if you decide to apply. In your application essay, please clearly state your interest in working with me, and note any communication we have had.
Thank you again for your interest in interdisciplinary environmental research and my little sliver of that field. I hope that this site is interesting and helpful to you!