The Graduate Initiative studentsreceive professional training, extended mentorship and research experience. The goal is toenhance their knowledge in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, provide them withguidance support during their graduate studies, and improve the quality of the graduate researchexperience. The professional training, mentorship and research components are describedbelow:
- Scientific Seminars and Career Workshops: Scientific seminars with focus on ESES areas such as climate impacts, sustainable living, energy and environment, and water resources are organized by the Graduate Initiative. Guest speakers comefrom a range of organizations including industry, academia, research institutions, governmentagencies, and non-profit organizations to discuss new research topics, applications ofacademic learning and skills in professional life, and job opportunities. These seminars andworkshops are open to all students at CCNY, and in particular to students in ESESprograms.
- Mentorship: All graduate students under ESES Graduate Initiative have amentor. Each student is paired with a senior graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.)or a postdoctoral researcher. The student and mentor have weekly meetings to overseeprogress of the mentee and to discuss adaptability to graduate school life, course content,professional opportunities, and other general issues that students may find relevant. Allmentees and mentors meet once each semester to share experiences in graduate schooland to learn from each other.
- Graduate Research Experience: Students are assigned to research projects with wellrenowned faculty in ESES areas to enhance the quality of their graduate experience. Thecombined faculty of CREST and the Sustainability in the Urban Environment Mastersprogram includes more than 30 well renowned faculty members conducting cutting edgeresearch in a wide range of topics including global and regional climate change, remotesensing technology, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, water resources, energy and theenvironment, renewable energy, green buildings, green transportation, and wastemanagement. All ESES students are actively involvedconducting research projects.