I was extremely fortunate to get my PhD from UC Santa Barbara, which, in my opinion, is one of the finest academic institution in the world.  Evidence?
  • In the 2013 rankings by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, UC Santa Barbara placed second on the annual list of the top 500 major universities in the world in terms of impact in the field of the sciences.
  • UC Santa Barbara is the home of five Nobel Laureates, one Fields Medalist, 29 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 27 members of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • That Nation Research Council ranks 10 UC Santa Barbara departments in the top ten in the country, including Materials Research, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Marine Science.
  • UC Santa Barbara is the home of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics.
  • The faculty at UC Santa Barbara -- aside from being very accomplished -- are extremely helpful and care deeply about their students' success.
  • Like to have fun?  UC Santa Barbara placed second in the Princeton Review's 2014 ranking of best party schools.
  • The climate in Santa Barbara is not bad either.

If you ever have the chance to work or study at UC Santa Barbara, please do yourself a favor and take advantage of the wonderful opportunity you have in front of you.

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