Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

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Congratulations to graduate student Ariel Deutsch. Ariel was a featured speaker at Brown's Research Matters event. Watch Ariel's presentation below!

DEEPS hosts Leadership Alliance summer interns

This summer the department hosted six undergraduate students recruited through the Leadership Alliance, a national program that works to increase the diversity of the next generation of STEM researchers and instructors. The students worked closely with 7 DEEPS faculty and graduate student mentors on projects that ranged across air quality, Mars exploration, volcanic eruptions, past climate change, tectonic plate motions, and mantle deformation in subduction zones. Graduate student Erica Jawin and post-doc Wendell Walters served as mentors for the group as a whole, leading discussions on the research process, applying to graduate school, and more. At the end of their internships, the students presented their work at the Brown Undergraduate Research Symposium and at the Leadership Alliance National Meeting in Hartford, CT (also attended by graduate students Brendan Azures, Erica Jawin and faculty member Tim Herbert).
We encourage students to apply for next summer's program! For more information, please see the Brown and national Leadership Alliance websites or contact Prof. Karen Fischer ( 

DEEPS Leadership Alliance students at the 2017 Brown Undergraduate Research Symposium.  From left to right: Jamila Smith (SUNY at Fredonia), Ana Cordero (Barry University), Kevin Trinh (Bowdoin), Nadia Colombi (UCLA), Brown graduate student mentor Erica Jawin, Ana Colon (Dartmouth), and Joshua McDuffie (North Carolina A&T).

Our Graduate Program is rated among the top programs in the nation and the world. Our faculty members, nationally and internationally acknowledged leaders in their fields, engage in externally supported research which is defining the direction of inquiry for the next decade. Prospective grad students click here.

The Undergraduate students enjoy small class sizes in modern teaching facilities, and even in their first year have the opportunity to get involved in cutting-edge research.


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Our department is known across the Brown campus as being open and friendly. Twenty-five faculty guide 80-90 undergraduate concentrators and 50-60 graduate students in a collaborative and fun learning environment.

On July 1, 2014 the Department of Geological Sciences became the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. The name change better represents the diversity of work done in the Department and more accurately reflects the character of the scholarship, teaching, and training in our Department. We believe that changing our name to the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences does justice to the balance of research and teaching of our faculty.