Ph.D. Graduate Program


monroy_emilianoThe Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is a small yet nationally ranked program with opportunities for scholarship in many research areas that lead to a These include mineral physics, crystal chemistry, thermodynamics, seismology and tsunamis, tectonics, seismic tomography, hydrology, sedimentary and isotope geochemistry, radiogenic isotope geochemistry, and sedimentology/stratigraphy, to name a few.

As a Northwestern graduate student you will join a close-knit, collaborative community. You will have the opportunity to explore various subdisciplines through your course and field work, and through conducting research in the department's state-of-the-art analytical facilities, including the Integrated Labs for Earth and Planetary Sciences (ILEPS). Due to the intimate size of our department, you will have access to, and work with our internationally renowned faculty, and live in a vibrant community in close proximity to Chicago.

To learn more about our program and the application process, please read through this web page using the links to the left. We welcome your inquiries. Please contact directly any faculty members whose research activities are of interest to you, or write to our Director of Graduate Admissions, Dr. Suzan van der Lee, or our Program Assistant, Alison Witt-Janssen.

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The last SPREE - (left to right) Prof. Suzan van der Lee, graduate student Emily Wolin, alumnus Simon Lloyd, and Ben Rice, went to northern WI to remove a seismometer, part of the Superior Province Rifting EarthScope Experiment

Greg Lehn Triton thermal

Graduate student Greg Lehn loads samples into the Triton thermal ionization mass spectrometer in Prof. Andrew Jacobson's radiogenic isotope clean laboratory.


Rosemary Bush won Best Student Poster Award


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Visiting Scholar Carol Stein, along with Professor Seth Stein and others, develop new theory on Midcontinental Rift Formation

Steve Jacobsen Featured in Daily Web Magazine, Slate


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Stable Isotope Tracers of the Subsurface Biosphere in Oceanic Basement


November 6, 2013