Welcome to our program! Our Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB) program provides training in the evolutionary, ecology, and behavioral processes that underlie patterns of life and diversity. We foster creative original research that changes thinking in our fields. We strive for a top-tier program that provides a supportive, collegial environment; that is a hot spot for new ideas; is known for outstanding mentoring and students; and that shares ideas and facilities across lab groups. We achieve these goals with an engaged, energetic, and enthusiastic community of graduate students.
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Ph.D.
Within the EEB Program, you choose to concentrate in one of three areas:
- Evolutionary Biology
- Ecology/Population Biology
Each area has a specialized set of core courses. In selecting your minimum of 29 graduate course hours, you enroll in at least two core courses from your chosen area of concentration and at least one core course from one of the other two areas.
Additional courses come from a varied and changing list of accessory graduate courses whose topics reflect current faculty and student interests and important developments in the respective fields. In consultation with your advisory committee, you tailor your formal course training to your general and specific research interests.
A weekly seminar series provides advanced students the opportunity to gain experience in presenting research talks and promotes critical thinking among students in the audience. In addition to these graduate biology courses, you receive biostatistics training through at least one graduate course in statistics.
As a first-year student, you can participate in rotations through cognate research labs during the first semester. During your second semester, you choose a lab in which to pursue Ph.D. research, assemble a faculty advisory committee, and design a preliminary research project so that you embark on a first summer research season.
Provided below are links to key resources, documents, guides, and forms to assist you in earning your EEB degree.
- EEB graduate program handbook
The handbook describes the steps for EEB students as they move to degree completion, with a checklist and guides to L500/L501, journal clubs, and minors.
- Graduate program handbook (a comprehensive guide to the program)
- EEB checklist (a form to document coursework and completion of degree milestones)
- FAQs for BIOL-L 500/-L 501, BIOL-Z 620 journal clubs, and minors (a guide for use of independent study (L 500) and rotation (L 501) courses for credit, journal clubs for credit, and finding a minor)
- Form for BIOL-L 500/-L 501 (a form to document use of BIOL-L 500/-L 501 for course credit)
- Form for transfer credits (IU Biology’s guidelines and procedures for transfer of graduate course credits)
(B) and (D) should be stored in your individual Sharepoint folder.
- University Graduate School Bulletin: Biology
- Committee meetings (advisory and research)
You must hold an annual meeting with your advisory or research committee. Find below a guide about committee meetings and the necessary forms.
- FAQ for committee meetings (a guide to the mechanics of how committee meetings are run). Find an additional description in the grad program handbook.
- Form for committee meeting report (a template for the annual, written review of students by committees). Email completed form to the graduate advisor and EEB graduate program director.
- Form for Individualized Development Plan (a template for IDPs, to be completed and distributed before committee meetings).
(B) and (C) should be stored in your individual Sharepoint folder.
- Keeping on track
Each cohort has specific tasks to complete each year to move towards degree completion. The guides below provide program requirements for each cohort.
- Guides to key events (prelims and dissertation defense)
The three major evaluations during the graduate program—prelims (part 1 and part 2) and the dissertation defense—merit their own guides. Students should, however, first consult the graduate handbook before using these supplementary guides.
- FAQ for preliminary exam, part 1 (FAQ and list of tips for taking the first qualifying exam, ‘general knowledge’)
- FAQ for preliminary exam, part 2 (FAQ and list of tips for taking the second qualifying exam, ‘research skills and proposal defense’)
- FAQ for finishing up (FAQ for the dissertation defense and the various logistics concerning degree completion with EEB and the University Graduate School)
- Guides to being a student, mentoring, and getting help
Life as a graduate student involves much more than the steps towards degree completion. These guides provide useful tips for life as a graduate student.
- FAQ for tips for graduate school (FAQ full of great advice on being a graduate student)
- FAQ for mentoring guidelines (FAQ describing mentoring guidelines for students, advisors, and the program/department)
- FAQ for finding help (FAQ on who to turn to when challenges and problems arise); learn about IU Biology’s ombudsperson
- EEB ORG’s resource document (an extensive guide to life as a graduate student in EEB and beyond, maintained by EEB ORG)
- Guides to key transitions or changes within or out of EEB
Guide and forms to help you navigate times when a change is needed.
- FAQ for lab transfer (FAQ for when students feel a change in lab environment/advising or a change in enrollment is needed; e.g., Ph.D. to M.S.)
- Form for Ph.D.-to-M.S. transfer (form to be completed when students opt to change their enrollment ‘plan’ from Ph.D. to M.S.). Students must first carefully read the ‘Ph.D. to M.S. transfer’ section of the handbook.
- Form for withdrawal (form to be completed when students opt to withdraw from the program and university)
- External internships
A guide and form to help students wishing to secure internships.
- Application for a PhD minor in EEB
- Other resources for EEB graduate students
Here are some additional resources for other important aspects of life as an EEB graduate student.
- EEB Organization Representing Graduate Students. EEB ORG maintains an extensive resource document.
- University Graduate School forms (key forms must be completed by EEB students as they pass through key degree milestones)
- IU Biology’s graduate student portal (a starting place to find information about awards and funding, service and outreach, teaching support, GRW, life assistance, SAA-ships, bias reports, title IC, emergency contacts, etc.)
- IU Biology faculty + staff intranet provides resources within the IU Department of Biology as well as other key links
- Tips on inclusive teaching (for EEB students as instructors and students themselves, collated from CITL)
Check out EEB ORG
The Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Organization Representing Graduate Students (EEB ORG) is a student-run organization that advocates for the EEB graduate student body and serves as a liaison between faculty, staff, and students. EEB ORG fosters community and promotes the intellectual development of EEB graduate students in the Department of Biology at IU Bloomington.
Find a copy of the organization’s constitution, an extensive resources document, and a suggestion box on the EEB ORG LinkTree page.