PhD Excellence Initiative

UB is committed to recruiting the very best PhD students and providing them with transformative academic programs that prepare them for future success.

At a time when higher education is engaged in a national conversation about how to advance interdisciplinary collaboration and impact in research and how PhD programs can best prepare students to be leaders across a wide range of careers and professions, UB’s PhD Excellence Initiative seeks to ensure that our PhD programs remain among the strongest in the world. This campus-wide, student-centric effort is focused on examining issues related to PhD programs at UB including:

  • Continuing to recruit the best PhD student to UB.
  • Enhancing diversity and inclusion in PhD programs.
  • Aligning program-level PhD curriculum with intended program outcomes.
  • Enhancing PhD degree completion and time to degree.
  • Balancing teaching and scholarship for PhD students, as relevant to discipline.