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Biology Alumni Newsletter: Summer 2011

EEB Program gets top rankings

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program (EEB) was ranked near the top of its field according to the latest report from the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC used two methods to evaluate the overall quality of graduate programs, both of which placed our EEB graduate program among the top six graduate programs out of the nearly 100 programs that were ranked, and number one among public universities.

Our EEB program ranked high in several categories within the report including “research activity” (faculty and graduate student publications, grants, and awards), “student support and outcomes” (progress to degree, fellowship support for students, etc.), and “diversity” (percentage of women and minority faculty and students). The program has done a superb job of recruiting a large number of female graduate students and continues to recruit minority students into the program with the help of internal and external fellowships.

“The NRC report makes clear that there is a remarkable range of outstanding research doctoral programs at Indiana University,” said Karen Hanson, university executive vice president for academic affairs and IU Bloomington provost. James Wimbush, dean of the University Graduate School added, “The results, in my opinion, are a reflection of the commitment to doctoral education by IU faculty and administrators.”

This report draws on 2006 data and is used by faculty and administrators to assess areas for improvement in doctoral programs and by prospective students to evaluate and compare graduate programs across the nation. The NRC functions under the auspices of the National Academies with a mission to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

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