Graduate Research

Ling Fu working with an instrument in the Boyer Lab
Ling Fu, a doctoral student in physics, works on
superconductor research in the Boyer Lab

Strong doctoral and master’s degree programs back Clark’s focused areas of research excellence. Both faculty and graduate students are engaged in some of today’s most complex and challenging issues, ranging from climate change to human rights.

Clark graduate students are encouraged to join faculty as they develop fresh interpretations and analyses of perennial questions in the humanities and sciences and generate findings and insights that directly benefit the local and global communities served by the University.

Doctoral Research

Faculty and students in the Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Physics, and Psychology doctoral programs establish close relationships with faculty whose research and scholarship is highly regarded in both academia and industry. Students learn alongside faculty mentors who will foster your scholarship abilities and provide guidance.

Translational Research

Kate Markham studies by a waterway in Peru
In Peru, Kate Markham, a student in the
Environmental Science and Policy master's degree
program, collects soil samples that will
be analyzed for mercury content

Clark is a center of translational research, where faculty and graduate students apply the findings of basic research in a host of academic fields to some of the most significant challenges facing the world today.

Because it is inherently interdisciplinary, and motivated by goals that lie outside traditional disciplinary boundaries, translational research requires skills are not easily found in traditional academic departments. For example, the International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) department's transdisciplinary, problem-centered ethos enables students and faculty to develop these new research and implementation skills, and apply them to real-world challenges, presenting students with unique opportunities to build professional experience while having an impact on the world.

Engaged Scholarship

Clark scholars from most of our graduate programs promote and participate in an innovative model of engaged scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary and societal boundaries and connects rigorous coursework and research with active and innovative engagement with communities.   Our faculty and students work closely with community partners to design projects and strategies that address issues of shared concern.

Clark researchers have had a longstanding commitment to linking transformative research to the world of action. This approach integrates with classroom learning to create a unique space where students and faculty engage in research that’s academically relevant, globally consequential and personally meaningful.

Communities of Effective Practice

Clark is the only university to specifically cultivate Research Communities of Effective Practice. These communities include faculty and other campus researchers, students (from first-year undergraduates through post-doctoral students), research staff and often alumni and external researchers and practitioners. These communities create and share knowledge and expertise and generally act as stewards of new knowledge creation. At Clark these communities are a hallmark of how research, teaching and practice often come together in dynamic ways.

Jude Fernando stands with five Clark graduate students on a hillside in Haiti
Graduate students with Jude Fernando,
associate professor of international
development and social change, in Haiti.

Graduate Student Research Opportunities

  • Engage in research that’s academically relevant, globally consequential and personally meaningful.
  • Conduct research in an environment that naturally breeds cross-disciplinary thinking and exploration.
  • Secure research funding, publish your research in scholarly journals and present your research at national and international conferences.
  • Showcase your research contributions through the Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Conference, which gives you the opportunity to hone your presentation skills before presenting your work at national and international conferences.

At top: Bernadette Arakwiye, a doctoral candidate in geography, studies the Gishwati and Mukura forests of western Rwanda.