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The Department of Earth Science at Rice University has 15 faculty members, 44 graduate students, and 14 administrative and technical staff. A university enhancement is increasing the faculty to 18, adding 3 technical staff, and increasing the graduate population to ~60, as well as reconstructing all of the department facilities. In addition to our regular faculty, between one and two dozen professionals from the petroleum and environmental industries, NASA, and other institutions serve as adjunct faculty who advise students, conduct research, and teach graduate courses. Visiting scientists from the world over spend a few weeks to several years in residence for research with our faculty.
Rice is a private university with a substantial endowment. The University's relatively small size promotes interdisciplinary study and research. The Department of Earth Science has a large number of endowed fellowships for graduate students. Faculty research programs are funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, NASA, the EPA, the Department of Energy, and the petroleum industry.
The Department plays a key role in two Professional Master of Science programs (Subsurface Geoscience for Energy Exploration and Production, and Environmental Decision Making and Analysis), as well as offering M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Thesis research and publication are the core of the M.A. and Ph.D. graduate degree programs. These programs are customized to individual students' needs, interests, strengths, and academic backgrounds. A cross-disciplinary degree in Computational Science and Engineering is available to students who wish to emphasize computational research in the Earth sciences.
We have strong ties to the oil and gas exploration and exploration-technology industry, and offer a Professional M.S. in Subsurface Geoscience that is geared toward the petroleum industry. Each fall about a dozen oil and gas companies recruit students in our department for summer internships and full-time employment. Roughly two-thirds of our graduate alumni are employed in the oil industry; the other third pursue academic and other careers.