In academia there is no such thing as a typical year, however I usually take on one-two new graduate students every two years. Because I try to interact with my graduate students on a daily basis, I like to maintain the student population of the lab at 2-4 students. Philosophically, it is my belief that the most important aspect of being a major professor is mentoring graduate students. As a consequence, students in my lab are exposed to the diverse suite of responsibilities (e.g., publication, grant writing, professional behavior (faculty-faculty and faculty-student) and reviewing papers for journals) that they will have in a research/teaching career. In general, I am looking for applicants with: 1) a minimum 3.4 overall GPA, 2) combined GRE score (verbal and math) of 320 or above, 3) research experience, and 4) excellent recommendations. I prefer students with these qualifications because will be competitive for a university assistantship, which means that we can use grant money for research, student help, travel, etc. I would encourage students to contact me regarding working on competitive assistantship applications funded by other sources such as NSF.
I am primarily interested in training PhD students, although lately I have taken on more MSc students because these particular students have had superior qualification and the funding situation is easier to work out.. Our laboratory is a cooperative and supportive environment and students are encouraged to develop their own projects and goals, within the general scope of the laboratory. If you would like to learn more about my views regarding graduate school and choosing a major professor see Notes from the Blackboard http://www.garygrossman.net/research/research-sub-page-2/ .
The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Graduate Student Handbook contains a wealth of information on graduate studies within our program. In addition, I urge any prospective applicant to contact both former and current students regarding their experiences in the lab.