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The dean of research and graduate studies works closely with faculty to promote and encourage research, secure funding, and build outside partnerships. Clark’s faculty and students engage in research that significantly benefits communities, environments, and the world.

The dean has broad responsibility to promote research opportunities for faculty and students, and to oversee eight doctoral programs as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Arts in English programs. In collaboration with the university’s Research Board, Graduate Board, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, the dean implements policies and procedures for external grants, contracts, and fellowship applications, as well as the work of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

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Clark Research Overview

Clark faculty partner with their peers, students, communities, and outside organizations on research projects in Worcester and around the world.

Yuko Aoyama

Meet the Dean

Yuko Aoyama was appointed associate provost and dean of research and graduate studies in 2017. She is an economic geographer with interests in globalization, technological innovation, and industrial transformation.

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Ph.D. Programs

Clark University offers Ph.D. programs in eight fields: its nationally top-ranked geography Ph.D., its distinguished psychology Ph.D. (clinical, developmental and social), its unique history Ph.D. in Holocaust and genocide studies, economics, and four STEM disciplines (biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, and physics).

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Centers and Institutes

Clark’s research centers and institutes play a central role in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Research Facilities and Labs

Clark’s scientific spaces, equipped with modern technology, are designed to encourage collaboration.

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Sponsored Programs and Research

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research works with faculty and other university offices to ensure the effective management of external funding for research projects.

Contact Information

Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Office Location
  • Jonas Clark Hall, Room 114A
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610-1477
  • 1-508-793-7779
  • 1-508-793-8834
  • yaoyama@clarku.edu