Application Procedure and Deadlines
SNR welcomes applications at any time. Please note: we only offer a limited number of assistantships. Applicants will automatically be considered for assistantships at the time of their application or at a specified deadline (see below). Application deadlines are dependent on the type of assistantship the candidate seeks.
Research Assistantships are paid with external funds (i.e., grants) that are awarded throughout the year; thus, there is no set application deadline for these assistantships and there is no set number of available assistantships per year. Review of completed applications will occur throughout the year. If you wish to be considered for a Research Assistantship, discuss funding opportunities with your potential advisor before you apply.
SNR state-sponsored Research/Teaching Assistantships are paid with internal funds that are awarded at the start of each academic year; thus, the application deadline for these assistantships is early spring semester and there usually are 4 assistantships available per year that require students to begin their graduate studies during the fall semester. Review of completed applications will begin the first Friday in January and continue until a qualified applicant is found. If you wish to be considered for an SNR state-sponsored Research/Teaching Assistantship, discuss funding opportunities with your potential advisor before you apply.
- Contact and secure an adviser.
- Submit an application for graduate admission to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Receive your university ID.
- Submit your Natural Resource Sciences application materials to GAMES.
Choosing an adviser whose interests match your research goals is critical for the success of your work. SNR emphasizes the cooperative exchange between students and advisers in research programs while still giving advisers the overall responsibility for the direction and course of the student's research. Contact an SNR faculty member regarding your interest in our graduate program. Before you apply, you must receive the advising support of a faculty member who is a member of the Graduate Faculty (as recognized by the Office of Graduate Studies). This potential adviser is required to write a letter of approval for your application. Please note: this letter does not count toward your required letters of recommendation. Applications without a confirmed adviser will not be reviewed for admission.
The appropriate application materials can be found through the Office of Graduate Studies. Please note: you will be required to pay a nonrefundable application processing fee. Be sure to have a confirmed adviser before you submit your application to graduate studies to ensure your application’s review.
After you have completed your application with the Office of Graduate Studies, you will receive an e-mail with your university ID (NU ID). Once you receive your NU ID, establish your password through TrueYou. This step is necessary to complete the application for the Natural Resource Sciences major. Please note: you should allow seven business days to establish your NU ID.
You will need to submit supplemental application materials through the Graduate Admissions Management & Evaluation System (GAMES). During this step, you will need to submit:
- Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from previous academic advisors, supervisors, etc. that can provide information about your knowledge and abilities. Do not count your letter from your potential adviser as a letter of recommendation.
- Statement of purpose. The statement of purpose is a very important element of your application packet. This statement needs to identify what you want to study, why you want to study it, what experience you have in that area and what you plan to do with your degree once you have it. In addition to these four questions, address how this degree will facilitate your career goals. The statement of purpose needs to make you stand out from the many other applicants to SNR, demonstrating you have the right stuff to succeed in graduate school. The statement of purpose need not be more than 2 pages. For more information on writing a statement of purpose see http://www.princetonreview.com/grad/statement-of-purpose.aspx
- A Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
- Your GRE scores. The UNL code is 6877.
- Your TOEFL scores (if applicable).
- A letter of approval from your potential advisor in the School of Natural Resources. Your potential adviser must write a letter of approval for your application. Please note: this letter does not count toward your required letters of recommendation. Applications without a confirmed advisor will not be reviewed for admission.
The SNR Graduate Committee will review your application and will notify Graduate Studies of its admission recommendation. Graduate Studies will conduct a final review of your file.
You will receive a notification of your application status from SNR. If accepted, Graduate Studies will also notify you and mail your Certificate of Admission and other important information for incoming students. You will be eligible to enroll for the entry term indicated on your Certificate of Admission.
If you have particular questions about our Natural Resource Sciences graduate programs, we welcome you to contact:
SNR Graduate Student Office Associate
102b Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE 68583-0921