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About the Office of Graduate Education

The Office of Graduate Education in the College of Natural Sciences, under the leadership of Associate Dean Dan Knopf, provides support for graduate students throughout the college. Graduate education is an integral part of the college’s strategic goals to prepare the next generation of scientists, develop leaders, promote innovation, and strengthen state, national, and global communities. Graduate students play vital roles in the discovery of new knowledge and in helping our undergraduates share in those discoveries — making graduate students crucial to the College's research and teaching mission.

Dr. Knopf is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Read more about his research here.

Looking to connect with your program? Visit the Graduate Programs page »


Navigating graduate studies in CNS: We created five brief orientation videos to help new and continuing students be well prepared for their time in our graduate programs:


Title IX: Dean Knopf is the liaison for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the College of Natural Sciences and may be contacted directly regarding any Title IX concerns.

In 2015-16, the college formed a 21st Century Graduate Education Working Group and charged that faculty committee to think broadly and boldly about the future of graduate education in CNS, with the overarching goal of making our programs more student-centric. During 2016-17, an Implementation Task Force worked hard to develop a set of actions that will allow Natural Sciences to follow through on the Working Group's recommendations for improving graduate education. The Implementation Task Force report may be found here.





Dan Knopf
Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Professor

Geometric Analysis, Differential Geometry, Geometric PDE
Burghart, Scott
Scott E Burghart
Director for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education

Previous research experience in deep-sea biology, polar systems, and the relationship between water management and estuarine health.
Ku, Po-Tsan
Po-Tsan Ku
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career Development Specialist

Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Discipline, Intellection, and Deliberative