How To Apply

Application Process

  1. Familiarize yourself with our research.
  2. Let us know you’re interested! Message us through our contact form. Make sure you let us know your previous experience and why you are specifically interested in our lab.
  3. Interviews. Each student’s experience is different, but this step can include a phone interview with Dr. Drake, phone interviews with other students, and an on-site interview.
  4. Official university application. Once we’ve determined you’re a good fit for this lab (and vice versa!), your application will be finalized through the graduate school.


Application Deadline

Our lab accepts students on a rolling basis depending on when space is available.


Application Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree. Most students in our lab have Bachelor’s degrees in food science, as university requirements create additional hoops for non-food science majors to jump through when completing graduate degrees. However, we also have successful members of our lab with alternate degrees in subjects such as nutrition, chemistry, biochemistry, agricultural engineering, psychology, and neuroscience.
  2. Resume or CV. Either works, but make sure it’s up-to-date! Make sure to highlight relevant skills and research experience.
  3. Please have a transcript (can be unofficial or unfinalized) of your undergraduate and/or MS coursework available before your first phone interview. You will eventually need an official transcript for your university application. While there is no minimum GPA to apply, university requirements enforce a 3.0 minimum GPA for graduate students receiving tuition assistance. For this reason, we encourage those to apply to have an undergraduate coursework GPA of at least 3.0 (and preferably closer to 3.5).
  4. GRE Scores. There are no minimum scores to apply, but GRE scores are required for your official university application.
  5. Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only). Required for university admission.


More detailed information on university admission requirements can be found on the graduate school website.