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  • Program Overview

    STRIDE is an innovative training program that provides STEM graduate students with unique interdisciplinary skills to assist, create, and eventually lead in the translation of complex data-enabled research into informed decisions and sound policies.

    In addition to training in cutting-edge data analytics and visualization, STRIDE includes the trans-disciplinary skills of decision support including science communication, understanding the perspectives of various stakeholders, and translating scientific uncertainty, that are too often not explicitly taught.

    This end-to-end training program aims to transcend traditional graduate education by integrating multiple disciplines and novel training elements that span spatial data, advanced visual data analytics, high-performance and data-centric computing, a science discipline, communication including interpersonal skills and modern media, decision making, and relevant internships.

    The departments involved are: Applied MathBiomedical Informatics,  Computer ScienceElectrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)Ecology & EvolutionJournalismMarine and Atmospheric SciencesPublic Health, and Technology & Society

    The centers/institutes involved are: IACSAdvanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC)Alda Center for Communicating ScienceCenter of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT)C enter for Smart Energy Technologies (SET),  Center for Visual Computing (CVC), and Center for Inclusive Education (CIE).

  • Admissions

    Admission Requirements

    PhD and MS/MA matriculated students in the following departments are eligible to participate in the certificate program: Applied Math and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ecology & Evolution, Journalism, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Materials Science, Public Health, Technology & Society. Students must have the permission of their advisors and their Graduate Program Directors before enrolling in the certificate program. Students must complete, with the requisite signatures, and submit to the Graduate School the form entitled Permission to Enroll in a Secondary Certificate Program.

  • Degree Requirements

    Degree Requirements

    • 15 credits, courses can be double counted toward the certificate and the student's major
    • Three core journalism courses:
      1. JRN 501: Distilling Your Message (1-credit)
      2. JRN 503 Improvisation for Scientists (1-credit)
      3. JRN 511: Scientific Communication for Decision Makers (1-credit)
    • Statistics course – Student can take a statistics course from their home department (3-credits)
    • MAR 534: Scientific Decision Support (1-credit)
    • Elective in policy or applied science (3-credits)
    • CSE 564: Visualization (3-credits)
    • Seminar electives (2): Two 1-credit seminar electives in environment or energy (2-credits)

    To matriculate into the STRIDE certificate program, please complete the following form: Permission to Enroll in Secondary Certificate. Please complete and submit to the Graduate School via email to, copying Jennifer McCauley on the email Students are encouraged to enroll into the certificate program as early as possible in their graduate studies in order to maximize the amount of courses that can fulfill dual requirements.

    STRIDE Course Catalog

  • Facilities


    The STRIDE program utilizes facilities within the participating departments: Applied Math and Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ecology & Evolution, Journalism, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Materials Science, Public Health, Technology & Society

  • Faculty


    Jonas Almeida, PhD, University Nova – Lisbon, Portugal, Biomedical Informatics
    Mónica Bugallo, PhD, University of A Coruña, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Liliana Dávalos, PhD, Columbia University, Ecology and Evolution
    Robert J. Harrison, PhD, University of Cambridge, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
    Zhenhua Liu, PhD, California Institute of Techology, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
    Heather Lynch, PhD, Harvard University, Ecology and Evolution
    Klaus Mueller, PhD, Ohio State University, Computer Science
    Jaymie Meliker, PhD, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Public Health
    Janet Nye, PhD, University of Maryland, Marine and Atmospheric Science
    Christine O’Connell, PhD, Stony Brook University, Journalism
    Jason Trelewicz, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
    Laura Wehrmann, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Marine and Atmospheric Science
    Thomas Woodson, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Technology and Society
    Erez Zadok, PhD, Columbia University, Computer Science
    Minghua Zhang, PhD, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Academia Sinica, Marine and Atmospheric Science


  • Contact

    C-STRIDE, Graduate Certificate

    Robert Harrison, IACS L165, 631-632-2347

    Graduate Program Director
    Robert Harrison, IACS L165, 631-632-2347

    Graduate Certificate Coordinator
    Jennifer McCauley, IACS L135, 631-632-2341

    Degree Awarded
    Advanced Graduate Certificate, C-STRIDE (Certificate-Science Training & Research to Inform Decisions)