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University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences


The University of Washington (UW) is a world-class research university that is consistently ranked among the top universities internationally. Founded in 1861, the UW is the flagship academic institution in the state of Washington, and is located in Seattle. Student enrollment includes 35,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate students. During the 2012 fiscal year, the UW received $1.5 billion in sponsored research funds, which is tops among U.S. public universities. The university hosts 289 specialized research centers and over 20 National Institutes of Health Research Cores. The department of Earth and Space Sciences resides within the School of Environment, with close ties to the school of Oceanography. Our mission is to further the understanding of Earth, the solar system, and their histories through interdisciplinary research and education. Research is focused on four broad and overlapping areas: the solid earth, surface processes, geobiology, and space/planetary studies. The department consists of 41 research and teaching faculty, and 73 graduate students. The department is home to several USGS employees who study natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is also hosted within the department, and IRIS is located near campus.

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