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Application Checklist


Includes name, email address, postal address, telephone, fax, country of citizenship, degree sought (M.S. or Ph.D.), education background (name of institution, degree awarded or in progress, grade point average, major, and date degree/s was or will be awarded), GRE score, and TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo score. List and describe publications, scholarships, honors, awards, education, employment or other special accomplishments or circumstances that you wish considered by the admissions committee.

Description of Research Experience

Include all previous institutions/industry. A statement that describes research projects that you have been involved with and your participation level in those projects. Please briefly summarize the research questions or hypotheses you addressed, relevant results and your specific contributions. A description of laboratory or computer techniques that you are familiar with may also be included.

Statement of research interests

(by area - see below, and by faculty)

Please provide a statement that details 1) the specific and/or general areas of plant biology research that interest you and the reasons for these interests, and 2) a list of 3 to 5 faculty whose research areas are of particular interest to you, and how your interests align with these research foci.

  1. areas (general and/or specific) of plant biology research in which you are interested
  2. list faculty in whose research areas you are interested

No application will be sent to committee for review without this information.

The following are most of the areas of plant physiology in which research is presently being done at Iowa State University:

Biochemistry and molecular biology of corn seeds, biology of weeds, cell biology, crop improvement, crop physiology, cytogenetics, developmental genetics, evolutionary genetics, fatty acid biosynthesis, functional genomics, gene expression, gene regulation, genetic engineering, genetic transformation, genome mapping, hormonal regulation of plant responses to the environment, photosynthetic metabolism, plant natural products biosynthesis, plant pathology, male-sterility, metabolic control of gene expression, molecular biology of growth and development, molecular biology of plant viruses, molecular evolution, molecular genetics, molecular systematics, nuclear-cytoplasmic interactions, nutritional genomics, nutrient-gene interactions, pathogenesis and ecology of bacterial plant pathogens, phylogenetics, physiology of stress, plant development, plant diseases, plant genetics, plant genomics, plant-insect interactions, plant-microbe interactions, plant molecular biology, plant QTLs, plant breeding, plant steroid hormone signal transduction, plant stress responses, population genetics, quantitative genetics, RNA genetics, signal transduction, systematics, statistical genetics, starch biosynthesis, stress mechanisms, transposable elements, turfgrasses physiology, mitochondrial & chloroplast genetics.

Three letters of recommendation

Recommendation letters must be sent separately to IPB admission. The recommenders should comment in detail on your potential for graduate study, indicating, if possible, how you rank with other students he/she has recommended for graduate study. We are particularly interested in an assessment of your ability and motivation to carry on advanced study and research. It can be sent in one of two ways:

  1. They can be mailed together with the application package. Each letter should be on official letterhead. They should be sealed and signed by the reference on the envelop.
  2. The reference can write directly (from their own e-mail addresses) to IPB admission ( Please clearly indicate the student you are recommending.