Graduate students in the Yale Astronomy Department work closely with faculty members in their chosen area of research. The 22 members of our teaching faculty have international reputations in the fields of Galactic Astronomy, Extragalactic Astronomy, Cosmology, High-Energy Astrophysics, Solar & Stellar Astrophysics, Exoplanets, and ISM & Star Formation. While this represents a broad range of subjects, there are many areas of intellectual overlap. Collaborations between faculty members with differing research interests are common in the department. The Department of Astronomy also has close ties with the Department of Physics, Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale and with the Universidad de Chile, Chile.
These collaborations, and the resources that they bring make the Department of Astronomy unique among graduate institutions. With a graduate student/faculty ratio of order unity, close collaboration between faculty and students becomes the norm. The department is very student-oriented, with a strong focus on graduate teaching and research. These qualities make Yale Astronomy an ideal place for learning and research. Average time taken to finish a PhD is under six years, roughly a year lower than the national average. We attribute this to the close attention given to students, early research experience, and the excellent resources that Yale Astronomy has to offer. In addition, Yale offers rich opportunities for extra-curricular activities and sports.
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