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Financial Support and Plan of Study

Financial Support
All graduate students entering the program are supported in their first year by a First Year Fellowship or the prestigious Centenial Fellowhip provided by the Graduate School. From the second year onwards, support derives from fellowships provided by the Department, training grants and personal fellowships won by students, and assistantships for teaching in undergraduate laboratories and precepts. In order to help the department spread its resources most widely, prospective graduate students who are U.S. citizens, or permanent residents, are requested to apply for national fellowships that provide stipend and tuition support. Information on such fellowships is available from the financial aid or career counseling offices as well as the National Science Foundation.
    Foreign students are encouraged to apply for financial support from their native countries. Fellowships and assistantships include a stipend for twelve months and a full tuition grant. Students in good standing will continue to receive support during subsequent years of graduate study.

Assessment of Academic Background
At the onset of the first year of graduate study, an advisory committee consisting of three faculty members will meet with each student to discuss his or her aims and academic background. The committee will recommend courses to remedy deficiencies in basic knowledge (e.g. less than the level covered in comprehensive upperclass undergraduate courses in ecology, evolution and behavior). During the first year, members of the committee will meet with each student to discuss progress toward the degree. After the first year, the advisory committee is replaced by a permanent dissertation committee chosen by each student.

Course Work
All students are required to enroll in three departmental core courses in their first year. In addition, if they need them, students may take undergraduate courses to remedy academic deficiencies. In consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, new students choose a temporary adviser with whom they plan individual programs of course work and research. Students may take graduate or undergraduate courses in the department or relevant courses in any other department.

Seminars and Colloquia
In addition to courses, students attend colloquia related to their interests. These colloquia are offered as a weekly seminar series; they are conducted by Princeton faculty, students, and outside speakers. During the academic year, many seminars are sponsored by the department and also the molecular biology, chemistry, geology, and psychology departments. Other departments and programs feature prominent outside speakers. Seminars and colloquia form an important part of the student's graduate education and frequently attract faculty and student audiences from several departments.
   After the first year, each student delivers an annual seminar concerning his or her research progress to date (typically a presentation at a departmental retreat in their second and fourth years, a one-hour departmental seminar at the end of the third year, and a seminar at a national or international meeting in the fifth year). These talks are designed to provide experience in presenting original scientific research.

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