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Graduate program in Plant Biology

GPPB - IB-UNICAMP

 

Levels: Master and Doctoral (Academic Scholar)

 

The Graduate program in Plant Biology of the Institute of Biology (UNICAMP) is organized in four research areas:

Areas:

Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Plant Ecology

Plant Taxonomy

Plant Anatomy

 

1. Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

Area of Research: Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This line of research aims the study of the biochemical and/or molecular (genetic) basis of plant developmental processes, synthesis of secondary compounds and genetic diversity of plant groups.

 

Area of Research: Environmental Plant Physiology and Crop Physiology

This line of research addresses the primary and secondary metabolisms, emphasizing the environmental regulation of key physiological processes and how abiotic and biotic interactions change plant growth and crop production.

 

2. Plant Taxonomy

 

Area of Research: Plant Systematics and Evolution

This line of research aims  the study of the systematics and evolution of angiosperm neotropical groups, by means of taxonomic treatments, morphological and ecological studies using phylogenetic and population genetic approaches.

 

3. Plant Ecology

 

Area of Research: Plant Ecology

This line of research aims to investigate the ecology of native plants at different hierarchical levels, from ecophysiology to population and community ecology and macroecology.

 

Line of Research: Pollination Biology and Plant reproduction

Plant-pollinator interactions. Form and function of floral parts and morphological and behavioral aspects of floral visitors. Pollination syndromes and studies on plant reproduction.

 

4. Plant Anatomy

 

Area of Research: Anatomy of Seed Plants

This line of research aims to understand the structural and histochemical characterization of vegetative and reproductive organs of angiosperms. These studies are performed in one or diverse species, in a comparative analysis aiming to highlight structural patterns in different plant taxa.

 

Instructions for applications to the graduate program in Plant Biology at UNICAMP

 

Foreign students may apply to the Graduate Program in Plant Biology at Unicamp (GPPB) for a Master or PhD degree. To apply for a Master or PhD degree, follow these steps:

 

  1. The candidate must obtain a scholarship to maintain her/himself, from funding programs in her/his country of origin, international agencies, or specific Brazilian programs (such as the PEC-CAPES program, seek link below). Note that:

    1. The candidate must seek information on potential funding sources by him/herself. The GPPB has no complete or updated information on all the options available.

    2. If your University or country does not offer a Master’s program, you must provide documentation or an institutional declaration that your academic degree and experience are equivalent to an M.Sc (PhD candidates only).

 

  1. Inform yourself on potential advisers and their research areas in the GPPB. Contact intended advisers directly. If an adviser is willing to accept you, discuss and prepare a project proposal.

 

  1. To apply as a master candidate, you will have to follow the steps below:

    1. Copies of your Bachelor diplomas and respective academic syllabuses. To initiate your application to the GPPB, no certified translations or consular notarization are required (however, if you are accepted, you will probably need these to enroll in the University and to obtain a student visa for Brazil).

    2. Copy of an identity card or birth certificate and of a valid passport, if you have it.

    3. Curriculum vitae of up to 5 pages.

    4. Letter of acceptance by the future adviser approving the thesis proposal (to be sent directly to the office of the GPPB).

    5. Letter of acceptance by the future adviser approving the thesis proposal (to be sent directly to the office of the GPPB).

    6. Test result or document certifying fluency in English for scientific reading and writing (not required for native English speakers).

    7. Application (http://www.dac.unicamp.br/portal/servicos_online/alunos/siga_candidatos/) and submission of documents (http://www.ib.unicamp.br/pos/selecao) are made electronically. Please contact your future adviser in order to confirm the steps described above, and to check for further changes, with at least three months before the registration starts.

 

  1. To apply as a doctoral candidate, you will have to submit the following documents:

    1. Copies of your Bachelor and Master’s diplomas (only for those possessing a Master degree) and respective academic syllabuses. To initiate your application to the GPPB, no certified translations or consular notarization are required (however, if you are accepted, you will probably need these to enroll in the University and to obtain a student visa for Brazil).

    2. Copy of an identity card or birth certificate and of a valid passport, if you have it.

    3. Curriculum vitae of up to 5 pages.

    4. The research proposal of up to 20 pages, containing: introduction, objectives and grounds for the project; delineation of the study area and study system – described in more detail if these are outside Brazil; methods, including sampling or experimental design, and data analysis; schedule for research; proposed financing of research costs (field travel and expenses and consumables). The proposal may be submitted in Portuguese or English (preferred) or in Spanish.

    5. Letter of acceptance by the future adviser approving the thesis proposal (to be sent directly to the office of the GPPB).

    6. Copies (preferably electronic, in PDF or equivalent format) of your M.Sc. thesis (or equivalent final research paper - tesis de grado, DEA, Diplomarbeit etc), publications and manuscripts in press or in review.

    7. Test result or document certifying fluency in English for scientific reading and writing (not required for native English speakers).

    8. Application (http://www.dac.unicamp.br/portal/servicos_online/alunos/siga_candidatos/) and submission of documents (http://www.ib.unicamp.br/pos/selecao) are made electronically. Please contact your future adviser in order to confirm the steps described above, and to check for further changes, with at least three months before the registration starts.

 

  1. On receipt of the application documents, the GPPB Chair may offer a declaration that the applicant fulfilled the requirements to be evaluated for entrance in the Plant Biology Graduate Program at Unicamp. The GPPB Committee and other professors in the Program will evaluate the application. Information and recommendations will be sought from the persons indicated by the applicant.

 

  1. For those applicants whose applications have been accepted (observing the rules of the Regulations of the Post-Graduate Program in Plant Biology and those of the General Rules of Graduate Studies at UNICAMP, available in their respective web pages), we will apply the following selection criteria:

 

  1. SELECTION CRITERIA: Candidates for the Master Level:

    1. English test. The candidate must present at registration, a certificate issued by one of the following agencies: TEAP or IELTS (minimum score 6) or TOEFL (CBT-213). A candidate who is unable to present an English Proficiency certificate, must submit to a proof of English Performance, to be applied by the GPPB (one round, minimum grade of 5.0/10).

    2. Specific knowledge assessment (one round, minimum grade 5.0/10) concerning the contents of four areas of the GPPB (see above).

    3. Oral assessment: oral assessment will be performed by the potential advisor, who is the responsible to provide the result of this test to the GPPB in due time (one round, minimum grade 5.0).

    4. Analysis of Curriculum vitae and transcripts (one round, minimum grade 5.0).

    5. The candidate will be considered ¨approved¨ if the arithmetic mean of all four tests described above is equal or greater than 5.0.

 

  1. SELECTION CRITERIA: Candidates for the PhD Level:

    1. English test. The candidate must present at registration, a certificate issued by one of the following agencies: TEAP or IELTS (minimum score 6) or TOEFL (CBT-213). A candidate who is unable to present an English Proficiency certificate, must submit to a proof of English Performance, to be applied by the GPPB (one round, minimum grade of 5.0/10).

    2. Specific knowledge assessment (one round, minimum grade 5.0/10) concerning the contents of four areas of the GPPB (see above).

    3. Oral assessment: oral assessment will be performed by the potential advisor, who is the responsible to provide the result of this test to the GPPB in due time (one round, minimum grade 5.0).

    4. Analysis of Curriculum vitae and transcripts (one round, minimum grade 5.0).

    5. The candidate will be considered ¨approved¨ if the arithmetic mean of all four tests described above is equal or greater than 5.0.

 

  1. Once the applicant is approved, the GPPB office will inform the Offices of the Dean of Graduate Programs (PRPG) and of International Affairs (CORI) of the Unicamp that the candidate has been accepted. These offices will provide the documents required for visa, enrolment, and grant or scholarship procedures.

 

  1. Duration of the courses:

a) for the Master Level Course: Minimum of 12 and maximum of 30 months.

b) Duration for the Doctoral Level Course: Minimum of 24 and maximum of 54 months.

 

  1. To complete the course, both Master and Doctoral Level students should attend at least 24 credits.

 

Be aware that:

  1. Each candidate is expected to have contacted his/her potential advisor PRIOR to enrollment to the Selection Process. The enrollment to the Selection Process MUST be previously approved by the potential advisor.

  2. We strongly advise you to contact your future advisor to check the deadlines. Normally, the submission of applications are open between August and October, each year.

  3. The GPE-U does not offer a proficiency exam in Portuguese for foreign students; this however may be required to obtain a student visa or scholarship. Theoretical and practical courses are usually given in Portuguese and exams, term papers and reports will have to be written in Portuguese. Moreover, fluency in scientific English is required, since this is the language for most of the literature. Master and Doctoral theses at Unicamp have to be presented in Portuguese, except for chapters, which correspond to papers published or accepted for publication.

  4. Admission DO NOT IMPLY THE PROVISION OF A SCHOLARSHIP for the candidate.

  5. The GPPB has no means for helping with visas or housing. Information and some support may be obtained from the university Office of International Affairs (CORI, see link below).

 

For further information:

 

http://www.ib.unicamp.br/pos_vegetal/

 

Coordenação de Relações Institucionais e Internacionais – Unicamp (Office of International Affairs): http://www.internationaloffice.unicamp.br/english/international-students...

 

CAPES – Cooperação Internacional (Brazilian Office for Higher Education – international cooperation): http://www.capes.gov.br/cooperacao-internacional

scholarship program for developing countries (PEC-PG):

http://www.capes.gov.br/cooperacao-internacional/multinacional/pec-pg

 

CNPq – Fellowships for foreign students:

http://www.cnpq.br/web/guest/bolsas1/