KBS: A unique graduate student opportunity
Kellogg Biological Station offers a unique opportunity for graduate training within the Great Lakes bio-region. We welcome students interested in ecology, evolutionary biology, agricultural ecology, sociology and animal science. Our research facilities, field sites, and resident faculty provide excellent support for graduate research.
How to Become a KBS Graduate Student
The normal timeline for KBS Ph.D. students involves initially completing coursework at MSU’s main campus in East Lansing and then moving to study on-site at KBS. For M.S. students you will complete coursework on main campus and spend summers at KBS doing research.
Ph.D. students at KBS typically spend their first 1-2 academic years on MSU’s main campus in East Lansing, where they take classes and participate in departmental activities. Many students are supported by departmental teaching assistantships and teach classes during these first 1-2 years. Summers are typically spent at KBS in Hickory Corners, taking field courses and initiating research.
Our graduates have gone on to faculty positions at major research universities (e.g., Dartmouth College, University of Florida, University of Texas), as well as first-rate liberal arts colleges (e.g., Denison University, Franklin & Marshall College, Grinnell College), and to be scientists at government agencies (e.g., USDA, Smithsonian) and NGOs (e.g., Defenders of Wildlife).
In addition to research seminars and discussion groups for students and faculty, KBS hosts a variety of visiting scholars. KBS graduate students also have the chance to develop professionally by mentoring young scientists through the KBS URA and REU programs.
***Students should initiate contact with their potential KBS faculty advisor, as well as the KBS Director, to indicate interest in studying at KBS and discuss future plans.
Students interested in working with a KBS faculty member should apply to MSU via the main campus department of their potential KBS faculty advisor. Faculty departmental affiliations can be found on our Faculty page. You may also want to participate in MSU’s graduate programs in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB) and Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP).
Graduate students at MSU’s main campus can apply for “KBS visiting graduate student” status, the student should submit a letter of application and CV to the KBS Director, along with a letter of support from their campus advisor and KBS host faculty. Any MSU (or other) graduate student can participate in KBS courses or conduct research at KBS. Please contact the KBS Director for more information.
Living at KBS
Living on-site at KBS offers an amazing chance to stay in close proximity to field facilities, laboratories and KBS colleagues. Graduate students can rent both short- and long-term accommodations conveniently located on KBS property. Students who live at KBS can easily walk or bike to laboratories and field sites.
More information on KBS lodging can be found by clicking HERE.
Restaurants and grocery shopping are all accessible in nearby Hickory Corners, Richland and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Additionally, Kalamazoo offers students outstanding opportunities for culture, outdoor activities and fun. Students, faculty and staff enjoy a high level of integrated community across KBS. From delicious lunches in McCrary Dining Hall to game nights in on-site housing, graduate students will find that KBS offers a great environment for friendship and community outside of work and studying.
A variety of grants and fellowships, as well as assistantships, are available for graduate students. Funds are available to both residential and visiting students, and may be used to cover tuition, research expenses and/or living expenses.
More information about the various funding opportunities for graduate students at KBS can be found HERE.
Graduate Courses at KBS
Spring 2020 Career Pathways Seminar (PLB809, Sec. 401)
The Career Pathways Seminar Series is held annually during the Spring semester and geared for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. A wide variety of presenters share their insights on achieving success as a scientist in a major university setting and in non-academic career pathways.
Seminars will typically be scheduled on selected Mondays from 12 – 1:30 pm at the Kellogg Biological Station. Please see the syllabus for exact dates and times.
Everyone is welcome – please feel free to bring your lunch. KBS graduate students are encouraged to enroll in this 1 credit seminar (PLB 809, section 401).
Taking Summer Courses at KBS
We offer several several courses for graduate students, and all undergraduate courses are also open to graduate students. Courses at the 400-level can be used for graduate credit at MSU.
For more details about the summer courses and workshops we offer at KBS, please click HERE.
**If you are a PhD student attending an institution in the Big 10 Academic Alliance, you may become a BTAA Traveling Scholar in order to register and pay for KBS (MSU) courses through your home institution. Please contact the BTAA representative at your institution at least six (6) weeks prior to the start of your desired course to begin the process.