PhD Excellence Initiative

UB is committed to recruiting the very best PhD students and providing them with transformative academic programs that prepare them for future success. At a time when higher education is engaged in a national conversation about how to advance interdisciplinary collaboration and impact in research and how PhD programs can best prepare students to be leaders across a wide range of careers and professions, UB’s PhD Excellence Initiative seeks to ensure that our PhD programs remain among the strongest in the world. This campus-wide, student-centric effort is focused on examining issues related to PhD programs at UB including:

  • Recruiting the very best PhD students to UB.
  • Providing exceptional educational and research training.
  • Enhancing the diversity of PhD programs.
  • Improving retention of students and time-to-degree.
  • Assuring that UB is nationally recognized to offer top-ranked PhD programs that prepare students for specific opportunities and challenges they will encounter as future scholars and researchers.
  • Ensuring strong program outcomes are aligned to PhD recruitment.

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Graham Hammill, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School, talks with UBNow about the PhD Excellence Initiative and how it will enhance graduate education at UB.