Graduate Student Survey

  • UCSB possesses an extraordinary range of programs and resources related to research and teaching on the environment and sustainability. To build on and improve these longstanding strengths, the Academic Senate is developing a proposal for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphasis on the environment. This emphasis would enable doctoral students from participating programs to augment their interdisciplinary training in environmental studies and sciences through additional coursework, mentoring, and intellectual exchange. It would be separate from all other departmental degree requirements, but would appear as an additional component on students’ transcripts. The emphasis, as currently proposed, includes the following requirements. These requirements are similar to those for other emphases already available on campus. • A one-quarter interdisciplinary core seminar • Three elective courses related to the environment or sustainability, chosen from outside the student’s home department and discipline • One member of the dissertation committee must be a participating member of the emphasis • A substantial focus in the dissertation on some aspect of environmental studies, sciences, or sustainability • Regular participation in emphasis events, including an annual graduate student research symposium We are interested in your perspectives regarding the usefulness and feasibility of the proposed emphasis. Is the idea attractive to you as a graduate student? Do you feel that it would benefit you, and if so, how? Would the emphasis improve your education and employment prospects? We ask that you provide us with your perspectives on these matters by filling out the following survey. For a draft of the proposal, please visit: