By Laura Cooper

Though Stony Brook was named 136th best university in the world out of 8,300 schools by the London Times Academic Supplement, the Graduate School has more reason to celebrate, as it was mentioned eight separate times for its programs in the US News & World Report, 2009 edition.

Specifically, six graduate programs were recognized for their curriculum.

Stony Brook’s Mathematics Geometry program was ranked ahead of two Ivy League Universities, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, at sixth place.

The Clinical Psychology graduate program ranked at ninth place, tying with Duke University in North Carolina and Penn State.

The nuclear physics program ranked ahead of Yale and Columbia Universities, at fourth. Physics was ranked 23rd, while the Stony Brook University Computer Science program was on par with the programs at Rutgers and New York University, which ranked at 31st.

The report continued to cite, as among the best, the Biology program, recognized at 48th, and the Physician Assistant program, ranked at 11th.

In a press release issued to the Stony Brook Community, University President, Shirley Strum Kenny said, It’s satisfying the quality of our academic programs have again been recognized as nationally outstanding.

Though Kenny has mainly worked to strengthen the undergraduate curriculum, she shares the honor of these rankings with the graduate school Dean Lawrence Martin.

The US News & World Report ranks graduate schools, according to their website, by expert opinion, program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.” The information gathered for their 2009 report came from a survey of 1,200 programs and 14,000 academics and professors taken in 2007.

Stony Brook University as a whole has also ranked among the top hundred Northern and Latin American Universities, specifically ranking in an undifferentiated tier, ranked between 58th-77th, along with Dartmouth University, and the Universities of Massachusetts and Virginia.