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Current Graduate Students

Program Alumni


Lawrence Kelly

Administrative Assistant

Peggy O'Hara

The Commodore Matthew Perry Graduate Studies Program, begun in 1896, currently enrolls 41 students who are carrying out studies in systematic and economic botany at field sites around the world. It is one of the few programs with expertise that spans the spectrum of both systematic and economic botany. As a result of this broad range of research interests, students may choose from a cornucopia of courses and subject areas to design unique areas of study.

The broad range of courses offered throughout the New York area and the opportunity to interact with researchers in the natural and the social sciences provide a unique opportunity to develop skills in different fields relating to systematics and economic botany. These include phytochemistry, molecular biology, ecological physiology, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, economics, computer modeling and nutrition.

Partner Schools

The Program is operated in conjunction with the following schools:

Lehman College Plant Sciences Program - City University of New York (CUNY)

Columbia University - Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)

Cornell University - Biology Department

New York University (NYU) - Biology Department

Yale University School of Forestry

Fordham University - Louis Calder Center - Biology Department

Student Resources

About the Graduate Studies Program


Fellowships and Financial Aid

Application Form

Additional Coursework

Additional course work in biology and related disciplines may be taken at the following nearby colleges:

City College

CUNY Graduate Center

Hunter College

Queens College

Fordham University

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