Prospective Students

Anyone interested in joining the lab should know that we ask you to do some things when you join:

  1. Set up an page.
  2. Join Twitter.
  3. Get your amateur radio license.
  4. Figure out a CB handle.
  5. Get certified in Wilderness First Aid.
  6. Buy a blaze orange field shirt or jacket.
  7. Give talks at lab meetings about your interests and work.

Set up an page.

You should do this because is a useful way to get people to know who you are, what you do, and to access your various online presences with a single URL. It’s free, easy to set up, and is an easy URL for your business card or e-mail signature.

Join Twitter.

The lab is on Twitter, and if we want to say that you were somewhere doing something, it’s easier to do so with an @username attached. Twitter is also one of the first lines of defense against people being wrong on the internet.

Get your amateur radio license.

A good deal of the work that we do out in the field is beyond conventional cellphone range. In order to allow for communication back to campus, our field packs have handheld amateur radio transceivers in them. However, you need to be licensed by the FCC to use these, which means knowing some radio use regulations and basic electronics.

Figure out a CB handle.

CB radios also are very useful when out of cell range, in need of emergency assistance, or while bored on long trips to field sites. In most cases, your handle, or nickname, says something about you and how you identify yourself.

Get certified in wilderness first aid.

This is in general a good thing to know if you’re out doing fieldwork.

Buy a blaze orange field shirt or jacket.

People in Minnesota hunt. We’re going to be outside while they’re doing this. Let’s be smart about it.

Give talks at lab meetings about your interests and work.

Public speaking is a major part of academic life. Giving yourself time to become accustomed to doing it is generally a good idea. Plus, if you’re talking to others about your work, often you’ll find that their perspectives help you solve problems that you’ve been stuck on.

Still interested? Get in touch, and head on over to the graduate application page on the BBE site.