Fall has come to Columbia and the trees are starting to turn. After a very wet summer and fall, it is set to be a beautiful autumn. This is my favorite time of year and one that brings time for reflection. Although the global financial crisis has certainly impacted the university and we have had to do a lot more with less, there are many good things going on none-the-less.
As you know we have been down a lot of faculty and we are delighted to be adding three new talented faculty to our group: Drs. Mathew Martens, Alejandro Morales, Kenneth Wang. We are so grateful they are here with us, helping in many ways already to strengthen the program.
In addition, the US News and World Report Rankings just came out this week with our program ranked third in the nation. While we always view these rankings with a little healthy skepticism, we are happy for the recognition.
Our faculty and students have won a slew of awards this semester including highly competitive Ford Foundation Fellowships, ACT internships. These are highlighted in this newsletter as well.
We made seven offers to our doctoral program this year and all seven applicants accepted. We are delighted to have new students with us from South Korea, India, and Taiwan as well as students from diverse parts of the U.S. Our students are really such an important part of making us a world class program and we are excited to keep attracting some of the most talented students in the world to our program.
All of our students also placed in the internships that they desired this last year and a new group is set to do their rankings next month. As the supply demand problem for APA approved internships gets worse, we are so happy that our students continue to get good placements.
So all in all we are off to a good start. We urge you to stay connected with our program. We love hearing about you and what's going on in your life.