Graduate Programs: 

Students in my laboratory typically join us through the Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. This program provides interdisciplinary training toward the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Unlike more traditional "departmental programs." this highly interdisciplinary graduate program allows students to select members of their graduate committee from more the 50 participating faculty in ecology, evolution and conservation biology, originating from more than 11 departments on campus. The diversity of faculty participating in the program enables students to include the most appropriate expertise in guiding their graduate training. Students wishing to join my laboratory but to engage in more physiological research may apply through the Department of Plant Biology.

Most students in my laboratory are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships--all three provide a monthly stipend and include tuition. Typically, an incoming student will start as a teaching assistantship and move to a research assistantship as their interests solidify.

External Funding Opportunities

I encourage students to seek external funding to support their graduate training.

NIFA Fellowship Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Program, a new funding program focused on training the next generation of agricultural scientists and educators.  Among other areas, fellows are support for studies and research in  renewable biofuels and mitigation and adaptation of agriculture  to variations in climate (Due in October).

The Fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a US academic institution of three years.

EPA's STAR Graduate Fellowship program supports master's and doctoral candidates in environmental studies (Due In October)

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

    Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. or foreign institution of graduate education they choose.

If you are interested in joining my laboratory, I highly recommend that you contact me directly to discuss your interests and ongoing research in the laboratory. I also encourage you to contact other members of laboratory, listed under "Lab group" to discuss your interests and their research and training.

The specific courses required of students vary depending on their graduate program (e.g., Plant Biology, PEEB, PMBP), the nature of the thesis research project and the composition of the student's committee. Typically, a student takes two courses per semester during their first two years, although this varies with each student's background and schedule. This link will take you to a partial list of courses taken by graduate students in the DeLucia lab, including student comments about each course.

School of Integrative Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign