The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is home to the JDM Lab.
SEAS is mainly a school for professional Masters students; this means that the capstone experience for most Masters students in SEAS is a project (which is akin to a group consulting project for a client).
All Masters students in the JDM Lab have opted out of the capstone project during their first few months in the SEAS Masters program, and have chosen instead to work on a research-based thesis.
[You can read about the difference between a Masters Project and a Masters Thesis in SEAS here.]
A call for students interested in working on a thesis in the JDM Lab is usually made during the fall, and is open only to first year students who have already joined SEAS. In others words, it is not possible to apply to, or join, the JDM Lab as a thesis student until after you have officially joined SEAS. The selection of students to work on a thesis in the JDM Lab is based on their fit with the lab’s research agenda at the time of the call.
Note: Funding beyond the direct costs associated with data collection is rarely provided to students working on a thesis in the JDM Lab.
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