Half of the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion will grow in the next few decades. People living in cities can face elevated levels of air and water pollution and extreme weather events such as heat waves and storm surges. To solve these complex challenges and to plan for more sustainable cities, we need a new workforce equipped with interdisciplinary technical knowledge and communication skills.

The BU Graduate Program in Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health (“BU URBAN”) is designed to prepare Ph.D. students for careers in academia, government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector. While each career trajectory requires specialized professional skills, this program combines broad training across science, management, policy, communication, and governance.

The program in a nutshell:

  • Open to Ph.D. students at Boston University in Biogeoscience (Departments of Biology and Earth & Environment), Environmental Health, and Statistics
  • Includes partnerships with city governments, non-governmental organizations, and private sector
  • Provides training in science communication through writing of editorials, making of short films, and interactions with the public
  • Includes guaranteed support over five years for tuition and stipend

BU URBAN is funded by a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to Boston University (DGE 1735087).


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