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Graduate Schools

Approximately half of our students apply to and attend graduate school directly after completing their undergraduate degrees. An additional 25% of our alumni complete graduate degrees at a later time. In seven of the previous eight years, every Juniata geology student who applied to graduate programs was accepted with full funding--the vast majority into multiple programs. ("Full funding" means that the student did not pay for the graduate program and also received a stipend to cover living expenses.) Over the past 10 years, our students have attended graduate programs at the following universities:

Student Outcomes

Our students are awarded some of the most prestigious fellowships and scholarships in the country as a result of their unique training, experience, work habits, and professionalism.

Lauren Bierly '01 - National Science Foundation Fellowship, awarded to the top U.S. students entering graduate school in the sciences and covering all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.

Jonathan Cohen '08 is currently pursuing a master's degree from Immaculata University following his career as a geologist at Earth Engineering, Inc., in Norristown, Pa. He credits Juniata geologists Ryan Mathur and Larry Mutti as well as Russian Literature professor Jim Roney as laying the foundation for his career paths. From igneous rock to Tolstoy, Jonathan feels that Juniata prepared him “academically, professionally and personally.”

Beth Diesel '05 - Cunningham Fellowship, awarded to Ph.D. students with outstanding credentials and potential as doctoral degree candidates at Virginia Tech University.

Kevin Eastham '99 - Outstanding Graduate Student Fellowship, awarded to the single most outstanding graduate student entering Purdue University and covering all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.

Will Koeppen '01 - McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences Fellowship, awarded to the top students in the U.S. entering a graduate program in planetary science and covering all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.

Mike Nguyen '12 is pursuing his doctorate in geology at Baylor University, on a full scholarship.

Justin Paul '12 is pursuing his master’s degree in earth sciences at the University of Memphis. His graduate study is fully funded. Justin’s undergraduate success included an Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities scholarship that landed him an internship with the USDA.

Chris Thomas '99 - Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Vanderbilt University, awarded to the single most outstanding graduate student entering the College of Arts and Sciences and covering all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.

Caitlan Zlatos '06 - St. Andrews Society Fellowship, awarded to the top five undergraduate students in the Philadelphia metropolitan area (loosely defined), and covering $10,000 to support study at the top universities in Scotland. Caitlan was also awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a competitive, national award of $7,500 for top undergraduate students in math and sciences.