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April 5, 2002

U.S. News ranks four science graduate programs among top 20

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eight programs in Purdue University's School of Science were ranked among the top graduate programs in the country, and four of the programs ranked in the top 20, in a U.S.News & World Report survey released today (Friday, 3/5).

Doctoral programs in chemistry, computer sciences and statistics ranked among the top 20 programs nationally, and Purdue's graduate program in analytical chemistry was ranked second overall.

"We are pleased that so many of our programs continue to be highly ranked in this latest survey," said Harry A. Morrison, dean of the School of Science. "The Purdue School of Science is constantly striving to hire the very best faculty, and in so doing, competes with the most eminent universities for the best minds in the country. Our success is evident in these rankings, but we are not satisfied. A primary goal within the school's strategic plan is to have all of our departments, or substantial components of these departments, rank among the top 15 in the country."

The rankings, "America's Best Graduate Schools," appears in the April 15 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands Monday (4/8). New rankings were released for a number of specialty disciplines, including the sciences. All the rankings and related articles are available on the U.S.News & World Report Web site.

In the sciences, Purdue's graduate program in analytical chemistry ranked second, following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Overall, Purdue's chemistry program ranked 18th, tying with the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University.

Purdue's Department of Computer Sciences ranked 20th in the country, a tie with Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University and the University of California at San Diego.

In a sub-category for mathematical statistics, Purdue's Department of Statistics ranked seventh, tied with Cornell University.

Other doctoral programs in mathematics also ranked among the top: Purdue's overall mathematics program was ranked 26th in the country, tied with Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, Rice University and the University of Washington. The program in applied mathematics ranked 27th, along with Duke University, the University of Illinois and Yale University.

Purdue's doctoral programs in physics ranked 32nd, and the biological sciences program ranked 36th.

The School of Science has about 300 faculty members, and it enrolls almost 1,000 graduate students and 3,000 undergraduates. It is made up of seven departments: biology, chemistry, computer sciences, earth and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics.

Writer: Susan Gaidos, (765) 494-2081;

Source: Harry A. Morrison, (765) 494-1730,

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