Candidate Longo

Yesterday at roughly 1:00pm I officially became a Ph.D. candidate!!! To become a Ph.d. candidate in my program you must complete a list of academic requirements, pass the first year written exam on everything population biology (The Core), and finally write and defend a dissertation proposal (The Qualifying Exam, a.k.a. Orals). This last step is probably one of the most stressful hurdles a student in my program must overcome–but also the most rewarding.  I received a lot of valuable feedback from my committee members (Professors Brian Moore, Ryosuke MotaniSharon StraussMichael Turelli, and Philip Ward) and know that my research will be stronger for it.

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Now that “quals” are over, I can focus on doing what I really came to graduate school to do–study really weird fish!

About sarahjlongo

I'm a first year graduate student in the Department of Population Biology at UC Davis. Broadly, I am interested in studying both the patterns and processes of evolution in actinopterygian fishes.
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