Clark University geography program earns prestigious Sussman Foundation support for Ph.D. student researchers

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The Clark University Graduate School of Geography has awarded more Ph.D.s than any other geography program in the United States.

The Clark University Graduate School of Geography has been selected to join a prestigious group of institutions that receive funding from the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation for U.S.-based environmental science Ph.D. student research.

Over the last several years, the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation has supported students enrolled in a select number of graduate degree programs, contributing to the scientific and professional workforce to better advance the protection and enhancement of natural resources.

The Graduate School of Geography at Clark is the first and only geography program participating in the initiative, joining these other member universities: Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment; Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Colorado School of Mines; University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

“Clark is widely acknowledged as one of the best places in the world to study geography, and we are privileged to enjoy the recognition and support of the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation,” said Clark University President David P. Angel, who holds a Ph.D. in geography. “Students in Clark’s Graduate School of Geography study and conduct research alongside faculty on topics of significant, global consequence to the environment and society.”

Since its founding, the Sussman Foundation has supported more than 1,800 students, investing almost $7 million in their direct support.  For 2014, Clark will receive $13,650 to support three geography Ph.D. students (Katherine Foo, Dexter Locke, and Richard MacLean).  Foo and Locke both will work on projects related to urban forestry in Philadelphia, and MacLean will focus his research on carbon cycling and forest management at Harvard Forest.

The Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation was established in 1984 in New York through a bequest from the estate of Margaret Sussman in memory of her mother, Edna Bailey Sussman.  Margaret Sussman was a 1934 graduate of Smith College and a successful artist.  Her father, Dr. Otto Sussman, was president and director of American Metal Company, the predecessor of AMAX, Inc.  Mrs. Otto Sussman (Edna Bailey Sussman) became interested in environmental issues and Navajo Indian relations. As a result of these interests, the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation sponsors research and internships that apply hard science to solving existing environmental problems.

Established in 1921, the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University is internationally renowned for innovative scholarship and is an acknowledged leader in the field. Consistently ranked as one of the top-ten graduate programs by the National Research Council, Clark Geography enables graduate students to train with top professionals and participate in a world-class research community. Furthermore, having awarded more Ph.D.s than any other geography program in the United States, Clark University Geography has a reputation for training future leaders in the field.

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