Record Entering Class Size for Climate Dynamics Doctoral Program

This year’s group of students entering the doctoral program in Climate Dynamics is the largest in the history of the program, which started in 2003. Doctoral programs resemble apprenticeships, with a small number of students working individually with advisors on scientific research. Hence the program’s entering class size has, by design, hovered around 4 students.

This year however, program officials are pleased to welcome seven students, shown above. Students come from across the country and across the world and from undergraduate and masters programs in physics, math, and atmospheric science. The picture above shows (from left) Hsin Hsu (Atmospheric Sci. MS, National Taiwan U), Geoffrey Rath (BS Physics/Math, Linfield College), Rachel Gaal (Meteorology BS, U Oklahoma), Zachary Chester (Math BS, WPI), graduate coordinator Barry Klinger, program director Jagadish Shukla, Jonathan Martin (Applied Math BS, U New Mexico), Douglas Nedza (Applied Math BS, SUNY Polytechnic), and Janak Joshi (MS Atmospheric Physics, U Maryland Baltimore County).