Why Nebraska?

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Maria Theresa McKinney
Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology

We know finding the right fit in a graduate school is essential to your overall success and happiness.

We also know that identifying the factors that will ultimately make the difference is complex and that these factors are different for each student.

While the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may not be the right place for everyone — and that's okay — a majority of students will find that we offer a unique combination of success, support, collaboration, community, balance, and possibilities creating a place where students and their families can thrive and excel. This is the spirit of graduate education at Nebraska.

Find out why Nebraska is a good fit for you.

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Luis Morales Knight
Ph.D. student in Psychology

Success at Nebraska means not only completing your degree program, but leaving the university as a well-prepared professional in your discipline.

Campus leadership positions, serving on a departmental committee, or holding an assistantship or internship position will provide real-world experiences and opportunities that refine networking skills and business competencies needed for any career path. Through free grant writing workshops, Preparing Future Faculty, teaching documentation, and other programs, students can also prepare for careers specifically in academia.

The achievements of our students and continued success of our alumni are a testament to the quality of graduate education offered at Nebraska. This is a campus where opportunities are readily available and faculty reach out to students, providing encouragement to tackle new challenges.

  • David Peterson, a doctoral candidate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, won a highly competitive fellowship to work at the Naval Research Laboratory studying study how smoke particles emitted from fires affect visibility, and hence civil and military operations.
  • Computer engineering graduate students Brady Garvin and Kathryn Stolee were awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowships.
  • Katie Sisneros, English graduate student, was admitted to the Critical Language Scholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study the Turkish language in Turkey.
  • Clinical Psychology graduate student Nancy Liu received a Fulbright Fellowship supporting her study on suicide risk and prevention in China and named NIH's Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar.
  • Amy Lehman, mechanical engineering graduate student, awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recognizing her work in the development of miniature robots for natural orifice surgery.
  • Paul Goodman, Ph.D. candidate in analytical chemistry, and Austin Steiner, a doctoral student in computer engineering, accepted highly competitive scholarships through the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Lauren Mabry, a ceramics graduate student in Art and Art History, won first prize for her piece, "Cylinder," in the eighth-annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
  • Shannon Killion, an environmental engineering graduate student working with a grant for sustainable water infrastructure, accepted a prestigious scholarship through the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program, part of the American Society of Engineering Education.
  • Dave Stamps, a jazz composition graduate student in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, traveled to Romania to complete a residency at the National University of Music in Bucharest.
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Laura Lynch
Ph.D. student in Mathematics

At Nebraska, the power of support means you can count on the university to provide the resources you need to be a successful graduate student.

We know that having adequate financial support is crucial to being able to afford graduate study, which is why we provide financial assistance to over 80 percent of our full-time students. Many teaching and research assistantships are awarded by academic departments, but we also provide a centralized listing of available administrative assistantships.

Our assistantship packages not only include a monthly stipend, but also tuition remission and 79 percent of your health insurance premium, which includes dental and pharmacy coverage. We also offer many fellowships and have staff available to assist you in applying for external funding.

Our support also extends to your professional development. At Nebraska, you have the opportunity to participate in programs which help you develop your teaching, learn how to write grants, and prepare for the job search after you complete your degree.

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Emile Salame
Ph.D. student in Agricultural Economics

A collaborative culture thrives at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Thirty interdisciplinary research centers exist on campus allowing for comprehensive research, ranging from Great Plains Studies to Life Sciences.

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities combines the talents of Nebraska Libraries with the College of Arts and Sciences. This collaborative effort has brought about high profile projects, such as the redesign for the Walt Whitman Archive.

Nebraska also serves as the lead institution for the NSF-funded Antarctic Drilling Program, conducting critical research and expanding K-12 educator training to better understand paleoenvironmental changes and how this will affect future climate change. This multinational collaboration includes more than 200 scientists, students, and educators.

Other interdisciplinary centers include:

Graduate student research and creative activity are celebrated during the annual Research Fair, which highlights campus-wide contributions to innovative research. The Graduate Poster Session allows students to receive feedback from faculty and peers, and to explore the other exciting research being done across campus. Students also attend workshops and mingle with advisors from NSF, NIH, NEH, and more.

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Dena Dourisseau
M.S. student in Nutrition and Health Sciences

Community ultimately impacts finding a good fit. The community of Lincoln is that ideal place where life is exciting with all the opportunities of big-city living, and yet peaceful since the small-town way of life is not lost.

In fact, Lincoln ranked second among U.S. cities in quality of life according to The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and was the fifth best place for business and careers as compiled by Forbes.

Lincoln is a city where students can take advantage of all the entertainment offerings in and around the city, where outdoor recreation is a way of life, and where famed sporting events bring out the crowds. Nearby Omaha (only an hour away) was selected by Kiplinger's as the best value city in the nation to live, work, and play. And Lincoln's proximity to other nearby metropolitan areas provides affordable and fun weekend getaways.

Still, the essential aspects of our community are more than entertainment and fun. They are Lincoln's highly praised K-12 education system, low crime rates, abundant employment opportunities, and cultural community centers which help promote the city's commitment to diversity.

Families join our community from around the country and from around the globe. And while the city and University communities are growing and ever-changing, they are consistent in providing positive and conducive learning and living environments. Lincoln is a friendly, family-oriented community where you can meet your goals without compromising those of your family.

Offering the resources you need for a first-class education with the pace and warmth that is typical of a small city, imagine the community Nebraska can offer you.

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Jillian McCarthy
Ph.D. student in Communication Disorders

Nebraska faculty and staff support your many roles and responsibilities by encouraging a well-balanced academic career and healthy living.

Making friends and creating a social network is made easier with multiple graduate student associations and opportunities to give back through community service. Stay motivated with dissertation support groups offered by the University Health Center and find support in raising children at the student-parent support group offered by the Women's Center.

Take advantage of activities at the Campus Recreation Center where students participate in fitness classes, organized outdoor activities and affordable services such as massages and personal training sessions. The intramurals program and Recreation and Leisure Classes blend physical health with social interaction.

Stay on track with academic goals even while away from campus by accessing the libraries' databases. Study solo or plan a study group with classmates at one of the many coffee houses throughout the city that offer wireless internet access.

Find serenity in Lincoln's many bike trails, gardens, and nature centers. Farmers' markets, art expos, and wine tasting in the Historic Haymarket provide a break from the day-to-day routine. On any night escape by attending local entertainment or trying a new cuisine at one of the many ethnic restaurants in and around the city.

Restore yourself spiritually and connect with those who share your spiritual beliefs at a local place of worship. Take time and find a spot on campus to sit outside and read or reflect on the day. Join a local book club, volleyball league, or choir.

At Nebraska we understand commitments extend beyond the classroom, and we offer support as well as outlets — what you need to achieve a balanced, well-rounded academic experience.

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Daihong Yu
Ph.D. student in Architectural Engineering

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, opportunities are as far-reaching as the Nebraska horizon. They empower you to succeed in your academic career and to build a livelihood for you and your family.

We know the importance of access to first-rate equipment and facilities and the cultivation of professional networks during your academic preparation. Classrooms and lab spaces have undergone several major renovations to foster interdisciplinary work and to improve productivity. Nebraska is also teaming up with private entities to form the new Innovation Campus, a place where faculty and students work with private entrepreneurs to conduct research and drive economic activity.

Excellent researchers, teachers, and scholars are brought to the campus through our Office of Research. The many projects and ventures overseen by this office have resulted in over $150 million dollars in external funding. Research contributions to the local community are made possible through relationships with our NUtech Ventures.

The possibilities at Nebraska extend beyond the classroom as the state's economic forecast is projected to continue to out-perform national economies. Employment opportunities in Lincoln and nearby Omaha offer you and your family options to make a living in thriving communities. In the spirit of native Nebraskan and world-famous investor, businessman, and philanthropist Warren Buffett, the industries in Nebraska continue to grow and give back.

Explore the possibilities of living in a state where the motto "The Good Life" is truly taken to heart.