Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science

Learning Goals

GPAS maintains the primary objective of training future leaders in the field of Atmospheric Science. Our M.S. and Ph.D. students are expected to assume leading roles in research, teaching, industry, business, and government.

Learning Goal 1: Exhibit scholarship and research skills in the field of Atmospheric Science
Assessment of student achievement of Goal 1:
    Grades in graduate courses
    Qualifying examinations assessing depth and breadth of knowledge
    Review by faculty of student progress with close advising and mentoring
    Presentations at local, national, and international scientific meetings
    Production of a dissertation and scholarly, peer-reviewed publications
    Self-reported student learning outcomes as indicated in exit surveys
    Placement in positions and careers that require ability and scholarship in this field.
Roles of the GPAS in helping students to achieve Goal 1:
    Evaluate teaching effectiveness of instructors in graduate courses and if effectiveness is below expectations,       work with instructors to improve effectiveness
    Periodic review of curricular offerings and assessment tools by program faculty, the GPAS program director,         and through exit surveys completed by students upon graduation
    Host regular meetings of the graduate faculty
    Seek funds for the support of students

Learning Goal 2: Engage in and conduct original research
Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 2:
    Preparation of and defense of Ph.D. dissertation proposal
    Assessment of quality of Ph.D. dissertation through: critical reading of dissertation by committee of graduate     faculty members and a committee member from outside of the specific Rutgers graduate program; a public         dissertation defense; and submission and acceptance of peer-reviewed articles and conference papers based on     the dissertation
    Achievement of students based on professional placement, conference presentations, peer-reviewed                 publications and individual grant attainment.
Roles of GPAS in helping graduate students to achieve Goal 2:
    Provide early introduction to research methods and opportunities for research
    Provide opportunities to present research and receive feedback
    Maintain adequate funding levels through the research phase
    Provide comprehensive advising and assist in the identification of mentors
    Provide assistance to students seeking external funding
    Assist students in obtaining supplemental funding for graduate student travel, developing dissertation                 proposals, and presenting research results at conferences.
    Establish standards for membership in the GPAS Faculty and outside members of student committees
    Recognize students for research accomplishments through nominations for local and national research awards,     first authorship in research publications, and local presentations of research results

Learning Goal 3: Develop professional skills
Assessment of graduate student achievement of Goal 3:
    Review papers presented, publications and professional networking
    Obtain teaching experience through enrollment in Introduction to College Teaching I and II     
    Participate in activities designed to enhance interview, presentation, and proposal writing skills and                     understanding of funding agencies and other funding mechanisms
    Pursue interdisciplinary interests
    Participate in professional societies
    Explore non-academic career opportunities.
Roles of GPAS in helping graduate students to achieve Goal 3:
    Provide feedback on scholarly publications and presentation and introduce students to colleagues at other           institutions
    Provide opportunities for graduate students to serve as teaching assistants
    Encourage students to make local presentations and involve them in the development of research proposals
    Facilitate development of good time management skills
    Provide overviews of federal and state research programs
    Expose students to seminars and other materials with non-academic career foci


  1. Rutgers
  2. DES Administration
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences