Students studying Plant Biology at the University of Kentucky apply to and enroll in the Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate program. An overview of this multidisciplinary graduate program is provided here. The IPSS Graduate Program encompasses several sub-disciplines (including what was known as the Plant Physiology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Program); the merging of these different areas is intended to broaden the educational experience and to promote multidisciplinary research by graduate students.

Admission Requirements

We welcome applications from students with majors in biology, chemistry, or agriculture and related areas. An adequate preparation for graduate study in Plant Biology includes courses in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry,genetics, and calculus. In addition, courses in biochemistry and physical chemistry are recommended.

An undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above is generally required for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky, and all applicants for graduate study must take the Graduate Record Examination. Foreign students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Accepted students with scores of less than 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) on this test must take a short course in English before beginning graduate study at the University of Kentucky.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but early application is recommended. Applications may be made through this site. In addition to the application submitted to the Graduate School, applicants for study in Plant Biology should send three letters of recommendation, a personal statement of interests and goals, and a CV to the Director of Graduate Studies for the IPSS Graduate program:

Dr. Mark Coyne
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
301A Plant Science Building
1405 Veterans Drive
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0312

In communications with Dr. Coyne, interest in Plant Biology (or Plant Physiology) should be mentioned prominently so that applications are forwarded to the appropriate subdicipline group.

Financial Assistance

All students in the Plant Physioogy/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Graduate Program at the University of Kentucky are supported by a range of research fellowships, assistantships, and tuition scholarships. These are awarded on a competitive basis. Stipends range from $15,000 to $18,000 per year, depending on the student's qualifications and experience.

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