Report shows UCR grad programs excelling

RIVERSIDE, Calif. A new national report from the National Research Council on the quality of university graduate programs said /*UC Riverside*/ has made impressive progress in research excellence.

"It looks like our top programs on campus are doing very, very well in a nationwide context," said UCR Graduate Dean Joseph Childers.

The report evaluated 27 of UCR's doctoral programs.

The evaluation said eight /*UCR*/ graduate programs are in the top 25 percent of programs in the nation. The top eight programs are entomology, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, English, plant biology and environmental toxicology.

The six doctoral programs in the top third nationwide are evolution, ecology, organismal biology, psychology, plant pathology, physics soil and water science and political science.

In all, fourteen programs are in the top third.

The research council based its report on data that included the amount of faculty research activity and awards, student support and outcomes and faculty and student demographics.

The National Research Council is part of the National Academies, a private, nonprofit institution that provides science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter signed by /*President Abraham Lincoln*/ in 1863.

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