In principle, I
am able to supervise the research of any Graduate Student at the
University of Maryland, College Park campus. In practice, it is
easier to supervise a Graduate Student enrolled either in the:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM)
requirements for obtaining an advanced degree are administered by the
respective departments and differ in important respects between AOSC and
CHEM. Prospective students are encouraged to research the
information given above and choose the program that "best fits"
their background and educational goals. In general, a student with an undergraduate
major of Chemistry or Chemical Engineering may deem CHEM to be a better
fit whereas a student with an undergraduate focus in Earth Sciences,
Mathematics, or Computer Science may deem AOSC to be a better fit.
If you apply to one of these programs and are interested in conducting
research with my
group, please send me an email notifying me of your application
(particularly helpful if the phrase "UMd Grad School Application" appears in the
subject line). I apologize but I am not able to conduct email dialog with
all prospective students prior to acceptance into one of our graduate
programs. I will nonetheless do my best to review the application package
of all students who email me during the admissions process (provided you
have applied to either AOSC or CHEM; within your email message, please specify
the program to which you have
research we conduct requires development and/or use of computational tools
and/or IDL) in a Linux environment.
which provides an introduction to Numerical Methods in Atmospheric and
Oceanic Science in a Linux environment, is taught each fall.
No prior Linux experience is required of our students. However,
students without a computational background must successfully complete AOSC 652 (as soon as possible) and are expected to develop an aptitude for
simulating chemical processes in a computational setting and apply this skill to a
scientific problem in the fields of
Atmospheric Chemistry and/or Earth Sciences.
Click here to see a list of UMd PhD Dissertation and Prospectus Committees on which
program does not, at this time, offer an undergraduate major.
However, AOSC faculty teach many undergraduate courses that are attended
by students in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and
Sciences and there are
minor tracks, in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or Atmospheric
Chemistry that students may pursue. As of 6 July 2011, a new
undergraduate major in AOSC is nearing final approval. We hope to
soon announce this exciting new opportunity!
The CHEM program offers plenty of opportunities for undergraduates to
take elective courses in Atmospheric Chemistry and to conduct research
with faculty such as myself.
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, with which I am affiliated,
also offers plenty of
opportunities for undergraduate research.
I am not
involved with Admissions at the Undergraduate Level. As a result, I
am not able to provide input to the Undergraduate Admissions process.
We are strongly
committed to the education of students, including those at the High School
level. Our summers are spent conducting research supported by grants
from federal agencies. Most students at the High School level have
not yet acquired sufficient computational programming skills to be able to
contribute at a meaningful level. If you believe you are the
exception to this rule (there are always exceptions to rules!), please
include, in your initial correspondence, a summary of your computational
programming skills as well as a brief description of a
specific problem you would like to pursue.
students interested in pursuing a summer course in Atmospheric Science at
the University of Maryland should consider enrolling in
AOSC 200: Weather and
Climate taught by our colleague
Professor Robert Hudson in
of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
College of Computer, Mathematical, and
of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Maryland
System Science Interdisciplinary Center
The University of Maryland