Student Opportunites at EAS
The EAS department is a highly interdisciplinary and graduate students have the ability to take a wide variety of courses both within and outside the EAS department for credit towards their degree. The selection of courses taken is often guided by an interest in one of several general topics, or “tracks,” offered by the department.
RESEARCH & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Many graduate students in our Department are supported by graduate research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Research assistantships cover a living stipend, the full cost of tuition, health insurance, and travel support for participation in training workshops and international conferences. For more information on specific opportunities, contact the faculty members you would be interested in doing research with. PhD students receive five-year research fellowships through the CUNY Graduate Center. See the links below for information on additional funding opportunities:
- Pathways to Science provides links and information on many fellowship opportunities and funding ideas. A number of regional and national programs relevant to Earth and Atmospheric Sciences provide additional funding opportunities to outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. Many of these programs especially encourage women and members of underrepresented minority groups to apply.
- NASA Graduate Fellowship Program
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Smithsonian Graduate Fellowship Program
- NOAA CREST Graduate Scholarship Program. NOAA CREST is a research center located in the Engineering department of CCNY. It is a collaborative effort that spans CUNY and is funded through a cooperative agreement with NOAA. The research at NOAA CREST focuses on weather and climate research using satellite data. More information can be found here. NOAA CREST provides graduate fellowships to students whose research overlaps with the goals of NOAA. Students interested in this program should contact EAS Masters advisors James Booth or Maria Tzortiou for more information.
- CCNY Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability Graduate Initiative (ESES). The ESES program at CCNY has a strong overlap with EAS and NOAA Crest. ESES is not a Master’s program, but a bridge program that brings CCNY students who work on environmental science research together. It is possible for a student to be advised by an EAS faculty while being in the ESES program and funded by NOAA Crest.
Our graduate students have many opportunities to gain hands on research experience and enrich their specialized training through participation in various internship programs. Opportunities are available both during the summer term and during the academic semesters. Read a few of our students stories, learn about their discoveries, and find out how you can participate in these internship programs.
Some internship programs:
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) EAS Faculty Contact: Prof. Maria Tzortziou
- US Geological Survey (USGS) EAS Faculty Contact: Prof. Karin Block
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) EAS Faculty Contacts: Prof. Maria Tzortziou, Prof Kyle McDonald
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) EAS Faculty Contact: Prof. Jonny Luo, Prof Kyle McDonald
- CARY Institute of Ecosystem Studies EAS Faculty Contact: Prof. Maria Tzortziou
- Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) EAS Faculty Contact: Prof. Maria Tzortziou, Prof. Karin Block
- GeoCorps America EAS Faculty Contact: Prof. Steve Kidder
- Environmental Fellows Program (UMich)
You can find more opportunities by contacting the EAS Faculty directly.
Grad Student Stories
There are many career paths available to students with higher degrees in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Our students have pursued careers in the Environmental Industry, Academia, Business, Education, Army Corp of Engineers, the Geological Survey (USGS), and Consulting. Many of our students make career connections through internships and courses such as Environmental Site Assessment that involve interactions with working professionals outside of CUNY. The following resources also provide a starting point for finding jobs in the Earth Sciences.
- The CCNY Career & Professional Development Institute provides a variety of services including workshops, appointments with career counselors, help with resumes and job search strategies, interview preparation and much more.
- The CCNY CAREER CONNECTIONS website has over 600 active job and internship opportunities of employers looking to hire CCNY students of all majors.
- The CUNY Big Apple Job & Internship Fair happens each spring and provides a chance to find out about career opportunities and internships.