Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program

Innovating to advance our understanding and knowledge of the earth-atmosphere system

A dynamic field incorporating physics, chemistry, hydrology and mathematics that explores the structure of the Earth's atmosphere.

About us

The Interdisciplinary Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program

Learn more about the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program, the admissions process and resources for student support.

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About us

Learn more about our research interests and interdisciplinary departments and partners that create our unique academic program. 

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Degree programs

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral and master's programs.

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Student resources

Program handbook, career information, and a list of student organizations and campus resources. 

Meet people who are as passionate about the planet as you are.

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People of Atmospheric Sciences

Our faculty come together from more than eight units across campus and the Reno area. Learn more about their areas of interest and current projects. 

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Research areas

Research in Atmospheric Science is shaping the way we understand our planet, the resources on it, and how we protect it.

Achievements and announcements

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

Congratulations to the graduating students from Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs. We are so proud of your achievement. Please check out our Interdisciplinary Graduate Program celebration page.

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student wins scholarship

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Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Chiranjivi Bhattarai (Advisor: Andrey Khlystov, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute) received the Outstanding International Graduate Student Scholarship. Congratulations, Chiranjivi!

Atmospheric Sciences graduate student takes third place in poster competition.

Mohammad Sadrian is presenting his research at the 18th AMS Annual Student Conference Poster Session Atmospheric Chemistry, Aerosols, and Air Quality.The Graduate Student Association hosted a poster and research symposium for graduate students. Atmospheric Sciences student Mohammad Sadrian (advisor: Wendy Calvin) won the third place Science prize for his poster “Determination of Dust Particles Mineral Percentages by Semiquantitative Analysis Using X-Ray Powder Diffraction and Linear Spectral Unmixing”

Successful dissertation defense!

Deep Sengupta working in a lab wearing protective gear. Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Deep Sengupta successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on May 6th, 2020 (Advisor: Andrey Khlystov, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute)


Colin Warden Memorial Paper Award winner!

Headshot of Saroj DhitalAtmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Saroj Dhital received the 2020 Colin Warden Memorial Paper Award. (Advisor: Mike Kaplan, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute)

Congratulations to Hatef Firouzkouhi on being awarded a Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship!

Atmospheric Sciences graduate student Hatef Firouzkouhi (MS advisor Professor Xiaoliang Wang, DRI) received the Graduate Dean's Merit Scholar Award.  The amount of the one-year scholarship is $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) for new admits or $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) for continuing grad students per academic year. Learn more about the Graduate Dean Awards

Congratulations to the Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Deep Sengupta!

Deep Sengupta, currently a Ph.D. student in the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program, accepted a postdoctoral position working with Allen Goldstein, Ph.D. in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkley.

Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from the Atmospheric Sciences and the departments that contribute to the program.

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) awarded to five College of Science students and one recent graduate

Faculty share congratulations with NSF GRFP recipients and students offer advice for others interested in applying.

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What does it take to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award?

The latest prestigious early-career awards will advance research in wildfire-smoke forecasting, battery performance and understanding brain function

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Shedding new light on black hole behavior

Physics department assistant professor part of international team that tracked jets ejected from black hole