Graduate Education

Graduate Education

Grad students

Graduate students conducting studies under Dr. Eugene Odum were among the earliest researchers at the SREL. Since 1985, our graduate students have won more than 200 awards at international, national, and regional events. Many of these students have gone on to outstanding careers in the sciences.

Although many SREL graduate students matriculate at our parent institution, the University of Georgia, SREL accepts visiting graduate students from other institutions of higher learning. In fact, a considerable number of SREL graduate students come from other schools. These students have the opportunity to conduct research on the Savannah River Site under the supervision of their home institution.

Prospective Graduate Students

Individuals interested in applying to the graduate program should click here for current opportunities and follow the application procedures as outlined by the respective faculty member.

Students who pursue graduate research at SREL must be enrolled in a department or school at the University of Georgia. The student’s place of enrollment will be determined by the privileges of the faculty advisor. Please note that admission requirements vary by department and school.

Prospective students should contact SREL faculty in their area of interest before submitting an official application to a department or school at UGA.

At present, students can apply to the following UGA colleges or departments for graduate study at SREL:

Please click on the department or school of interest to view application procedures.

Please see directory of current graduate students.

Meet UGA’s SREL Graduate Student

Corinne Sweeney

UGA Column

Hometown: Alpharetta, Georiga

Degree objective:
MS in Ecology

Other degrees:
B.S. in  Biology and Ecology

Why did you choose SREL?

After I received my undergraduate degree, I was a technician for several years, learning new skills. When the opportunity was presented, I was excited to work at SREL and attend the UGA again. 

What research projects are you working on?

I am looking at the plant and fungal uptake of radiocesium, a radioactive isotope produced from nuclear fission, in the floodplains of a former nuclear reactor cooling canal. Along with a team, I have collected invertebrates from the terrestrial area and fish, crayfish, and riparian spiders from the canal. 

What’s your favorite thing about SREL?

I enjoy the variety of work that is being conducted. I also feel like there are new opportunities to learn. 

What’s your favorite memory?

Very few things beat watching baby alligators hatch or pulling handfuls of migrating salamanders out of pitfall traps. 

 What is an interesting fact about you?

I worked for a small zoo after I earned my undergraduate degree. I had the opportunity to play with wolves, hand feed swamp wallabies, and wrangle cattle daily. 

 What are your plans after graduation?

I was accepted into a Ph.D. program at the University of Missouri, where I will study the effects of neonicotinoids, an agricultural insecticide, on aquatic macroinvertebrates.  

 What advice would you give to an aspiring graduate student interested in ecology?

Apply for as many opportunities as possible, even if you do not think you are qualified. It can be competitive, but you should get your name out there.