Seeking PhD Students for our Urban Biogeoscience & Environmental Health 2021/22 Recruitment Cluster!
The Pre-Application for our Fall 2021 Recruitment Cluster is now closed. If you are interested in joining BU URBAN in Fall 2021, check out our Apply page and submit an application in May 2021!
We are recruiting a new cluster of prospective graduate students to join our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at Boston University, starting in Fall 2021. One of the goals of our BU URBAN Program is to broaden participation for groups underrepresented in STEM. Through this recruitment cluster, we aim to advance our vision of creating a diverse workforce of scientists and practitioners equipped with the technical knowledge and communication skills necessary for building a sustainable, healthy, and equitable future.
Prospective graduate students will be admitted to one of our participating departments and to our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. The following faculty are recruiting students to join their research groups as part of the BU URBAN Program. Students applying as part of this cluster should specify which professor(s) they seek to work with and review the application and eligibility requirements for the Department and associated School to which the student will ultimately apply. Please note that the pre-application below is not a formal application to Boston University. We are using the pre-application to identify prospective graduate students and to help match them with faculty who are recruiting for fall 2021 admission to the Graduate School at Boston University.
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|Professor||Research Focus (Department, School)|
|Jennifer Bhatnagar||The Bhatnagar Lab studies the ecology of soil microorganisms and how it drives the movement of energy and elements between the biosphere and the atmosphere. We study the composition and collective activity of soil microbial communities and their interactions plants, as well as how environmental change shapes these interactions, from rural-to-urban ecosystems. (Biology, GRS)|
The Exposure Biology Research Lab investigates environmental conditions and biological markers to assess environmental and occupational exposures via multiple pathways with respect to exposure-related disease. Example: the HUD-funded clinical trial RECLEAN Study to evaluate interventions to reduce toxic lead in the housing of construction workers. (Environmental Health, SPH)
|Patricia Fabian||We research housing and built environment related exposures, and their impacts on indoor air quality, energy, and health, with a systems science lens. Current projects explore environmental health disparities related to air pollution and extreme heat exposures, sources and interventions related to pediatric asthma, and COVID-19 transmission in the built environment. (Environmental Health, SPH)|
|Robinson W. (“Wally”) Fulweiler||The Fulweiler Lab explores how humans alter coastal ecosystems using ecological, biogeochemical, and molecular techniques. Potential projects include 1) assessing rates and environmental controls on nitrogen fixation in coastal ecosystems and 2) relating pathogenic Vibrio in marine systems with oyster aquaculture and macroalgae growth. (Earth & Environment or Biology, GRS)|
|Jeffrey Geddes||The Geddes Atmospheric Chemistry Group combines satellite-based remote sensing observations with computer modeling and field observations to better understand the physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere that impact human vulnerability to air pollution. We explore links between air quality, the natural environment, and human health. (Earth & Environment, GRS)|
The Hutyra Research Lab investigates carbon dynamics in forest systems and urban areas, studying a range of topics including: forest ecology; urban carbon, nitrogen, and water cycling; land use change impact on ecosystem productivity; fossil fuel emission patterns and determinants; and climatic controls on ecosystem carbon exchange. (Earth & Environment, GRS)
|Eric Kolaczyk||We work at the critical point where statistical theory and methods support human endeavors enabled by computing and engineering systems, frequently from a network-based perspective. Collaborations include work with colleagues in computational biology, predictive chemistry, and earth and environment systems. (Statistics, GRS)|
Our research focuses on the health effects of exposure to air pollution, the built environment and climate change in local, national and international settings. We develop novel methods that integrate big-data, geographic information systems, remote sensing data and time-activity to understand bias and reduce bias in exposure assessment for population health studies. (Environmental Health, SPH)
|Jessica Leibler||Our research focuses on environmental pathways of infectious disease transmission in the context of the urban environment. Projects include animal-to-human disease transmission, Covid-19 disparities and environmental exposures associated with urban homelessness and substance abuse. (Environmental Health, SPH)|
|Dan Li||The Li Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group studies the dynamics and thermodynamics of the lower atmosphere, focusing on the interactions between the atmospheric boundary layer and the Earth’s surface. We use a variety of tools, including theoretical analyses, numerical models, and field experiments to address challenges such as climate change and urbanization. (Earth & Environment, GRS)|
|Madeleine Scammel||Our research focuses on environmental and occupational exposure to heat in urban areas and in rural occupational settings. Current projects include the Research Group for the Study of Chronic Kidney Disease in Central America and the C-HEAT Study in Chelsea and East Boston on community-based and participatory air quality research with environmental justice organizations. (Environmental Health, SPH)|
|Anne Short Gianotti||The Short Gianotti Human-Environment Research Group investigates how socio-political and ecological processes shape human interactions with the environment and environmental decision-making. We work on topics such as urban climate justice, suburban and urban wildlife management, and exurban conservation. Our research is problem-driven, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. (Earth & Environment, GRS)|
|Ian Sue Wing||Our group conducts economic analyses of energy and environmental policy. Current research focuses on characterizing the broader economic consequences of climate change impacts on energy systems and human health, mitigating future greenhouse gas emissions, and natural hazards impacts on the built environment. (Earth & Environment, GRS)|
|Pamela Templer||The Templer Lab focuses on the effects of environmental change, including climate change, atmospheric deposition, and urbanization on biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen in rural and urban forest ecosystems. We explore how plant-microbial interactions influence carbon exchange, nitrogen retention, forest productivity, and water and air quality. (Biology, GRS)|
|Masanao Yajima||We work in the intersection of statistics, machine learning and data science collaborating with various researchers to explore scientific questions in biomedicine, public health and electronic medical records. (Statistics, GRS)|
All Ph.D. students at Boston University are guaranteed five years of tuition and stipend support, consisting of fellowships and scholarships, research grants, training grants, and teaching assistantships. BU URBAN Cluster applicants will receive priority consideration for one of the 12-month non-service stipends we provide through our National Science Foundation Traineeship (NRT) Program. Further, the participating faculty listed above have committed to engage in additional trainings on mentorship, diversity, and inclusion as part of our collective efforts to ensure graduate student success (explore our website for more on program resources related to mentoring, professional development, and community).
Applicants for the BU URBAN Cluster will be evaluated according to 1) their contributions toward diversity, 2) alignment of their research interests with their selected faculty member(s), 3) their academic preparedness, and 4) their interest in the BU URBAN Program. After each cycle of the pre-application, specified faculty members may reach out for further communication and priority consideration. In order to be admitted to Boston University and join BU URBAN, cluster applicants must also submit a formal application through their department of interest. Ultimately, a select number of cluster applicants will be offered one of our NRT stipends. The timing of this selection will occur after application deadlines have closed in each department.
We particularly encourage individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM to apply, especially those who have attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Hispanic Serving Institutions.
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- We welcome applications from all prospective students, regardless of membership in a group underrepresented in STEM or of citizenship status. However, 12-month NRT stipends are only available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and permanent residents, per NSF rules. As such, stipends associated with the BU URBAN Cluster are not available for international students.
- This pre-application process serves to facilitate priority connections with specific faculty and to award a select number of 12-month NRT stipends. In order to be eligible for the stipend, prospective students must formally apply to and and be accepted to Boston University. Further, students must ultimately decide to enroll at Boston University and join the BU URBAN Program in order to receive the NRT stipend.
- Students in BU URBAN have the opportunity to work with numerous faculty beyond those participating in the recruitment cluster. For the Departments of Environmental Health and Math & Statistics in particular, students do not generally finalize advisors until after the first year. For the purposes of this pre-application process, however, please identify the faculty you are most interested in working with.
- The BU URBAN Cluster is not the only mechanism for new students to join BU URBAN! Any interested students may apply to one of our participating departments and then apply to BU URBAN in spring 2021; the pre-application process simply provides an alternative method for students to connect with faculty and be considered for stipend support.
Applications will be accepted beginning on September 28, and reviewed in three cycles with the following deadlines:
- October 19
- November 9
- November 30
We are offering 30-minute info sessions each week through the end of November for prospective students to learn more about BU URBAN and meet current students and faculty. To register for an info session, click here!
When you are ready, complete the pre-application below. If you have questions, email Program Manager Evan Kuras at email@example.com.
This form is now closed.
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BU URBAN is funded by a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to Boston University (DGE 1735087).