Graduate programs in Earth Sciences provide a unique opportunity to study earth and environmental sciences at the local, regional, and global scale. The University of New Hampshire is geographically well situated for studies in the earth sciences. The Atlantic Ocean is a 30-minute drive from campus, the Great Bay Estuary tidal waters reach within one-half mile of the campus, and the White Mountains are only a 90-minute drive to the north. Superimposed on this natural backdrop are the challenges created by a growing U.S. population and resulting pollution threats to the environment. In addition to these local opportunities, UNH faculty and students conduct research throughout the world, traveling to remote areas such as Antarctica, Greenland, the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Mexico, China, the Himalayas, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Western U.S. Research areas cover all the earth system components: lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere.
The faculty of the Department of Earth Sciences maintain offices and laboratories, and other facilities in four buildings on campus, and interact regularly with several established campus research centers. Department facilities include a suite of computational, geophysical, geochemical, and field mapping equipment as well as local field sites for instruction and research. Additional facilities are available through cooperation with other departments and research centers. Many Earth Sciences faculty members are affiliated with one of several research centers in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS). We also have affiliations and ongoing collaborations with the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, and the Environmental Research Group.
Graduates of graduate degree programs in earth sciences have been very successful in pursuing employment, particularly in education, research at national laboratories and universities, environmental consulting companies with emphases in groundwater remediation and water supply, and local, state, and federal agencies in areas of the environment and natural resources.
- WHO SHOULD APPLY
Applicants from diverse backgrounds such as geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or the biological sciences will be considered. Applicant's background must include the equivalent of at least one year of calculus and at least four semesters of college chemistry, physics, and/or biology.
- APPLICATION PROCESS
Students can apply to the Earth Sciences graduate program through the Graduate School. GRE scores and three letters of recommendation are required. Prospective students are strongly urged to contact faculty members with whom they are interested in working, and to visit the department, if possible. Application deadline for financial assistance is January 15th.
- FINANCIAL AID
- Tuition scholarships cover the cost of instruction; the student pays for mandatory fees, living costs and miscellaneous items (books, school supplies, etc.). The scholarship decisions are made by the Department of Earth Sciences. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for scholarships. Scholarships are normally renewed for a second year although scholarship students may be offered to teaching or research assistantships in the second year.
- Teaching assistantships are also awarded by the department; all applicants to the program are considered and no special application is needed. Assistants receive free tuition (as above) plus a living allowance of about $14,300 for the nine-month calendar year. In addition there are special summer fellowships that may provide extra summer money. Teaching assistantships are normally renewed for a second year. The assistants work 20 hours per week for the department (elementary laboratories, grading examinations, etc.).
- Research assistantships pay about the same (tuition plus about $14,300) but are awarded by individual professors with research grants. Often summer stipends are paid also. Interested students should write directly to relevant professors (see brochure for specialties) in addition to completing the normal application form. Research assistantships are normally renewed at the discretion of the individual professor and require about 20 hours per week of research work.
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For additional information, please contact:
|J. Matthew Davis
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Earth Sciences
56 College Road, James Hall 230
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2649 (fax)
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