Training in the Network Science PhD program follows a research mentorship model, combining coursework with close research collaborations between students and faculty.

  • Years 1–2: Emphasis on coursework and research performed under the guidance of your faculty advisor.
  • Years 3–5: Activities shift toward completion of your research in collaboration with faculty.

From the very beginning of your doctoral studies, you will be deeply engaged in research activities, dedicated to respectful, meaningful discourse and rigorous collaborative exchange that embodies the spirit of the Network Science Institute. You’ll work closely with a research group on intensive projects—in areas such as epidemiology (disease networks), political science (mis/information networks), brain science (neural networks), group performance (social networks), and urban planning (infrastructure networks)—in preparation to independently develop research questions and conduct your own analyses.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty and inquire about specific projects and research interests. New projects are always in development.

Research Projects and Accomplishments

Network Science PhD students have published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at industry conferences, received fellowships and awards, and organized symposiums, research roundtables, and other events. See recent examples below.