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Financial Assistance

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Director

Paynter, Kennedy T., Full Member

Professor

Boesch, Donald F., Full Member

Boicourt, William C., Full Member

Boynton, Walter R., Full Member

Chao, Shenn-Yu, Full Member

DasSarma, Shiladitya, Full Member

Dennison, William C., Full Member

Eshleman, Keith Neal, Full Member

Fisher, Thomas R., Full Member

Gardner, Robert H., Full Member

Glibert, Patricia M., Full Member

Hill, Russell T., Full Member

Hood, Raleigh R., Full Member

Hoogland, John L., Full Member

Houde, Edward D., Full Member

Kemp, William M., Full Member

Kennedy, Victor S., Full Member

Malone, Thomas C., Full Member

Miller, Thomas J., Full Member

Morgan II, Raymond P., Full Member

Newell, Roger I.E., Full Member

Palmer, Margaret, Full Member

Place, Allen R., Full Member

Robb, Frank T., Full Member

Roman, Michael R., Full Member

Sanford, Lawrence P., Full Member

Secor, David H., Full Member

Sowers, Kevin R., Full Member

Stevenson, John C., Full Member

Stoecker, Diane B., Full Member

Vasta, Gerardo R., Full Member

Zohar, Yonathan, Full Member

Associate Professor

Belas, Robert M., Full Member

Castro, Mark S., Full Member

Chen, Feng, Full Member

Du, Shao Jun, Full Member

Gates, John Edward, Full Member

Hilderbrand, Robert H., Full Member

Huq, Anwar, Full Member

Jagus, Rosemary, Full Member

Koch, Evamaria, Full Member

Lazur, Andrew M., Full Member

Li, Ming, Full Member

Mitchelmore, Carys L., Full Member

Rowe, Christopher L., Full Member

Schreier, Harold, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Ahmed, Hafiz, Full Member

Bi, Hongsheng, Full Member

Chung, Jum Sook, Full Member

Crump, Byron C., Full Member

Elmore, Andrew, Full Member

Fitzpatrick, Matthew, Full Member

Harris, Lora, Full Member

Nelson, David M., Full Member

North, Elizabeth W., Full Member

Palinkas, Cynthia, Full Member

Pancer, Zeev, Full Member

Schijf, Johan, Full Member

Wilberg, Michael, Full Member

Research Associate Professor

Cornwell, Jeffrey C., Full Member

Engelhardt, Katharina, Full Member

Heyes, Andrew, Full Member

Kana, Todd M., Full Member

Murray, Laura, Full Member

Tamburri, Mario, Full Member

Wainger, Lisa, Full Member

Research Professor

Codispoti, Louis A., Full Member

Cooper, Lee, Full Member

Grebmeier, Jacqueline, Full Member

Harding, Lawrence W., Jr., Full Member

King, Dennis M., Adjunct Member

Research Assistant Professor

Coles, Victoria J., Special Member

Kilbourne, Kelly H., Full Member

O'Neil, Judith M., Full Member

Pierson, James J., Full Member

Schott, Eric, Special Member

Senior Agent

Meritt, Donald W., Full Member

Stylinski, Cathlyn D., Full Member

Visiting Professor

Sellner, Kevin, Special Member

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Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES)   

Program Title and Classification

Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences

Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Abstract

The specific objective of the university-wide Graduate Program in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) is the training of qualified graduate students, working toward the M.S. or Ph.D. degree, who have research interests in fields of study that involve interactions between biological, physical and chemical systems in the marine, estuarine, freshwater or terrestrial environments. The program comprises six areas of specialization: Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Fisheries Science, and Oceanography. Students work with their Advisory Committee to develop a customized course of study based on research interests and previous experience.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application
  • Publications/Presentations

It is particularly important that a student articulate clearly, in the application, a statement of goals and objectives for future work in the field. Because of the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental nature of the program, only students for whom a specific advisor is identified in advance can be admitted. Prior communication with the faculty in your choice area of specialization is highly encouraged.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
13 Jan1 Oct
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
13 Jan29 Sep


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.mees.umd.edu

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis only: 30 credits

MEES 608: Seminar in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences

One approved statistics course

One graduate course outside of the chosen specialization

One course or seminar in Environmental Management

MEES 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Ecology

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Molecular Technology/Biotechnology

Environmental Science

Fisheries Science

Biological Oceanography

Physical Oceanography

 

Course Work: A minimum of 30 credits with 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of graduate research. Of the 24 course credits, 12 of them must be at the 600 level or higher; including, a) one seminar course (MEES 608 or equivalent) must be taken for each year in residence (on average); b) one approved Statistics course (400 level or higher); c) one graduate course representing significant interdisciplinary breadth, outside the student's specialization; d) one course or seminar in management, ethics or philosophy of science.

Thesis Defense: An Oral Defense of the Thesis, administered according to Graduate School regulations, will take place at the completion of the research project. This defense will be conducted by the Advisory Committee and will be administered once all other degree requirements have been fulfilled.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 36 credits, with at least 24 credits of coursework and 12 credits of MEES 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. At least 12 credits of coursework must be at the 600 level or above. Up to 16 credits of courses can be waived by petition if the student has completed a M.S. degree.

Requirements include:

MEES 608: Seminar in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences

One approved statistics course

One graduate course outside of the chosen specialization

One course or seminar in Environmental Management

 

Course Work: The student must complete a minimum of 36 credits, with at least 24 credits of course work and 12 credits of dissertation research. Twelve credits of course work must be at the 600 level or above. Course work completed to fulfill a Master's degree can be applied against this requirement, up to a maximum of 16 credits. Required course work includes a) one seminar course (MEES 608 or equivalent) is required for each year in residence (on average); b) one approved Statistics course (600 level or higher); c) one graduate course representing significant interdisciplinary breadth, outside the student's specialization; d) one course or seminar in management, ethics or philosophy of science.

Examinations: Formal application for Advancement to Candidacy for the doctoral degree requires successful completion of both a Comprehensive Examination (written and oral components) and an oral Defense of the Dissertation Proposal. The Comprehensive Examination must be passed before the student can defend the Dissertation Proposal. An Oral Defense of the Dissertation will be conducted by the Advisory Committee and will be administered once all other degree requirements have been fulfilled.

 

Facilities and Special Resources

Students may conduct their research in the laboratories and facilities of the College Park (UMCP), Baltimore (UMB), Baltimore County (UMBC), or Eastern Shore (UMES) campuses, in one of the laboratories of the University’s Center for Environmental Studies (UMCES): the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) at Solomons, Maryland; the Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) near Cambridge, Maryland; and the Appalachian Laboratory (AL) in Frostburg, Maryland; or at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore. CBL and HPL are located on the Chesapeake Bay. They include excellent facilities for the culture of marine and estuarine organisms. Berthed at CBL are the University’s research vessels. At HPL there are extensive marshes, intertidal areas, oyster shoals, tidal creeks, and rock jetties. AL, located in the mountains of western Maryland, specializes in terrestrial and freshwater ecology. On the campuses and at IMET are specialized laboratory facilities for environmental research, including microbiology; biotechnology; water chemistry; cellular, molecular, and organismal biology; and specialized facilities for remote sensing of the environment. Extensive field sites for environmental research are available through the University’s agricultural programs and through cooperation with many other organizations in the state.

Financial Assistance

University fellowships, research assistantships and traineeships, and teaching assistantships are available. In general, aid provides for full living and educational expenses. Some partial assistance may also be available. Research support from federal, state, and private sources often provides opportunities for additional student support through either research assistantships or part-time employment on research projects.

Website

http://www.mees.umd.edu

Contacts

Dr. Kennedy T. Paynter, Jr., Director

MEES Graduate Program, 1213 HJ Patterson Hall,

University of Maryland

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-6938

Fax: (301) 314-4139

mees@umd.edu

 

Associated Information

Courses

MEES

Keywords

Ecology; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Environmental Science; Fisheries Science; Oceanography.