Becoming a Graduate Fellow

Funded Assistantships

An Overview of Graduate Admissions

Building upon Rutgers’ nationally ranked programs in oceanography, atmospheric science, geological science, geography, and ecology & evolution, EOAS provides graduate students with a whole-system perspective on how Earth’s interior, continents, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere have interacted through the planet’s history and on how our civilization depends upon these systems. Working in areas ranging from deep-sea ecology to cloud microphysics, from tectonic change to climate change, and from volcanic activity to stratospheric chemistry, EOAS students expand their educational horizons beyond disciplinary boundaries to address some the world’s most pressing scientific questions.

Prospective EOAS students should apply to one or more of the five core graduate programs—atmospheric science, ecology & evolution, geological science, geography, and oceanography—and note their interest in the ESS Certificate. EOAS faculty and staff can help prospective students find the program that is right for them, and the selection is not locked in place—the graduate programs share applications of students who may fit into more than one place.

Prospective students are strongly encourage to contact faculty members whose research they would like to join.

EOAS provides financial support to seventeen first- and second-year Graduate Assistants (GAs) pursuing Ph.D.s in the core EOAS graduate programs. EOAS funding allows students to explore potential research areas across disciplines and develop a transdisciplinary chapter in their dissertation.


Assistantships are available to support M.S. and Ph.D. students.


Applicants should apply through the Graduate Admissions Portal to the individual EOAS Graduate Program of their choice, but indicate interest in the Earth System Certificate Program in their personal statement.


Applicants should satisfy the admission requirements for the Graduate School New Brunswick and for the individual EOAS Graduate Program of their choice.

Application Deadline

Application deadline depends on which EOAS member department you’re planning to apply to. Please contact that department directly for their application deadline.


EOAS Graduate Assistants are expected to complete the Earth System Science Certificate program as part of the curriculum.

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Alexandra Hamos

Alexandra Ramos Valle

Alexandra an EOAS Graduate Fellow in the Atmospheric Sciences Department and an Excellence Fellow in the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Alexandra completed several research internships prior to arriving at Rutgers including an appointment in the 2011 NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Scholar and, more recently, the Department of Energy’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program.  Her research interests bridge Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography.  Alexandra is also interested in incorporating public policy into her research thereby exploring not only the changes in the global climate, but also the consequences of climate change from a societal point of view.

Natalie Teale

Natalie Teale

Natalie is an EOAS Graduate Fellow in the Geography Department and a Presidential Fellow of Rutgers University. Natalie’s research interests are in hydroclimatology and applied climatology. Motivated by her M.S. research on multi-scalar mechanisms associated with flash flooding in the Catskill Mountains, NY, she is studying precipitation in the eastern United States for her doctoral research. Her past research projects include groundwater quality assessment in New York, USA (Syracuse University, Department of Earth Sciences), characterization of spatial heterogeneity of throughfall in a transitional cloud forest in Alajuela, Costa Rica (NSF-REU, Texas A&M University), and volunteering as a GIS analyst for the Galápagos Tortoise Programme in Galápagos, Ecuador.

Winnie Lu

Winnie Lu

Winnie Lu is an EOAS Graduate Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She was the recipient of the Rodig Undergraduate Research Scholarship in 2014 and the Fredrick S. Richardson Award for Excellence in Chemistry in 2015 at the University of Virginia. Winnie’s research involves environmental chemistry and her past research includes g developing, optimizing, and testing the procedure for the enantioselective catalysis of propargylic alcohols. She is currently conducting research on the photochemistry of minerals including enantioselective catalysis using organometallic reactions.

Rachel McClatchey

Rachel McClatchey

Rachel is an EOAS Graduate Fellow in the Geography Department and a Presidential Fellow of Rutgers University. She was the recipient of a National Merit Scholarship in 2012 and received the Outstanding Student Award in Organic Chemistry and the Faculty Excellence Award in Writing in 2014 at Houghton College. Rachel is exploring the mechanisms whereby interspecies relationships control the development of marine organisms. Many organisms, such as vent tubeworms, corals, and giant clams, provide a home for symbiotic organisms from which they gain food energy and other benefits. Rachel is interested in the development of these relationships and whether the symbiotic organism somehow shapes the host to fit its own needs.

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Melissa Kazemi Rad

Melissa is an EOAS Graduate Fellow in the Atmospheric Science Graduate Program. She completed an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University where she served as a graduate assistant in the Sustainable Engineering Center.Melissa also served as an intern at the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation in Philadelphia where she where she completed a number of projects related to building sustainability.Melissa interests include the mathematical formulations that underlay representations of the physical processes in atmospheric models and in the relationship between the representations of these processes and measurements.