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University of Wyoming

MS in floristics: Information for Prospective Students


The following is a brief description of how to apply for the MS program in floristics. The sequence provided below is flexible.

  • Read appropriate parts of the RM web page including the Introduction, and especially the Rocky Mountain Herbarium: Summary, General Information for Floristic Proposals, and Floristic Research in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Email me about your interests (rhartman@uwyo.edu).
  • It is likely that we will arrange to have one or more phone conversation to discuss the program, the department, the university, Laramie, and to answer questions.
  • I often provide the name and email address of one or more current graduate students to answer additional questions about the program and cost of living in Laramie.
  • If possible, make a visit to the university, especially if you have been accepted into the program (sorry, we can not provide funding for travel; often a graduate student is willing to house you).
  • Check the Botany Department website and that of the Graduate School for details, requirements (transcripts, GRE verbal/analytical/quantative), application material online.
  • Submit application and supporting documents by the recommended deadline of 1 February. Applications are accepted after that date by success at acceptance and funding decreases if more than a few weeks after that date.
  • If accepted with funding, be prepared to start field work by mid-May or early June.

A visit will allow you test the atmosphere of Laramie and UW, to see the RM, to talk with faculty members, and to meet with graduate students.

As my students emphasize to applicants: “The program is a wonderful experience, but one that should not be entered into lightly. One must be prepared both physically and mentally for the rigors of fieldwork, herbarium studies, and course work”. Most students who accept the challenge/opportunity are ones who love hiking through the mountains or plains, are able to work alone (and with others) in the field for periods of time, and have a love for the diversity of plants: thus ones with attributes of both a scholar and an indefatigable explorer. I have never had a student regret the challenge, and a challenge it is. In return, these graduates have had little trouble obtaining a job they love in botany or a related field, be it with a federal agency, a conservation organization, or a consulting company. Additionally, a number of my students have pursued a Ph.D. in systematics or ecology.

A number of my students have been “non-traditional” as they have had one or more “previous lives” and now want to pursue their love of plants.