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« Topic Start: December 03, 2009, 10:35:50 pm »

In a vote late last month, the New York State Board of Regents awarded full accreditation to the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, the first Ph.D.-degree granting program at a U.S. museum.

http://www.amnh.org/news/2009/12/richard-gilder-grad-school-receives-full-accreditation/

http://www.1010wins.com/New-York-s-Natural-History-Museum-to-Grant-Degrees/5812332

Are there any other Museums that give Degrees?

I used to cut classes to hang out at the museums, (the girl I was chasing at the time liked to go there).  Can I get credit for all the time I spent in the Museums?
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« Reply #1: December 08, 2009, 03:13:34 pm »

In a vote late last month, the New York State Board of Regents awarded full accreditation to the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, the first Ph.D.-degree granting program at a U.S. museum.


I heard this was pending, and am so excited! New York has no shortage of world-class museums, but the AMNH has long been my favorite museum in the entire city, bar none. I took my youngest niece there in October to spend the night (yes, they actually have a program where you can bring kids and stay overnight in the museum); we slept under the life-size model of a blue whale, and it was The Best Thing EVER.

A friend did an internship there 2 summers ago, and so he was able to give me the behind-the-scenes tour--the areas where they store all the things not on display, and make the models, etc. etc.--and it was The Next Best Thing Ever.

If you ever come to NYC, you MUST go. The planetarium alone, from the architecture to the fantastic space show, is a must.

I may actually look into taking courses there.
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« Reply #2: December 08, 2009, 03:26:07 pm »

I took my youngest niece there in October to spend the night (yes, they actually have a program where you can bring kids and stay overnight in the museum); we slept under the life-size model of a blue whale, and it was The Best Thing EVER.

I got to do that years and years ago when I was in Girl Scouts, and I concur that it was totally amazing.
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« Reply #3: December 08, 2009, 05:27:19 pm »

(yes, they actually have a program where you can bring kids and stay overnight in the museum)
Do I need to have a kid to bring?  Or does my childlike sense of wonder (which is right now bouncing up and down about this idea!) count?

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Added to list of things to do when I/we get there.  (I've no idea when it'll happen, but it will - once I found out that the parts of Manhattan that JFP knew best were the parts that Madeleine L'Engle describes so engagingly in The Young Unicorns, I decided that we had to go so he could show me around.)

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« Reply #4: December 08, 2009, 07:02:30 pm »



That is so cool!  I love museums!  Hey Sunflower, I'll wear a sailor suit and carry a lollypop and be your kid (a lá Jerry Lewis). Cheesy

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« Reply #5: December 08, 2009, 07:40:27 pm »

Do I need to have a kid to bring?

Unfortunately, yes. It's embarrassing to admit this, but while this outing was my niece's birthday gift, it was as much for me as it was for her.

Also unfortunately, it's pricey. (But at least the money is going to help support one of the best museums in the world.)

Here's a link:
http://www.amnh.org/kids/sleepovers/?src=kf_h&gclid=CMXgieqOyJ4CFR9M5QodpwE5sQ
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« Reply #6: December 08, 2009, 07:48:17 pm »

the first Ph.D.-degree granting program at a U.S. museum.


And here's a link to the curriculum of the PhD program:

https://myrggs.amnh.org/Common/CourseSchedule.aspx

Apparently the degree granted, after 4 years of study (including writing a dissertation), is a PhD in Comparative Biology. This is *so* up my alley, and so appealing to someone like me who's stagnating in his soul-destroying job, that I'm salivating.

Unfortunately, I have to earn a living.
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« Reply #7: December 09, 2009, 09:21:28 pm »

Unfortunately, yes. It's embarrassing to admit this, but while this outing was my niece's birthday gift, it was as much for me as it was for her.

Also unfortunately, it's pricey. (But at least the money is going to help support one of the best museums in the world.)

Here's a link:
http://www.amnh.org/kids/sleepovers/?src=kf_h&gclid=CMXgieqOyJ4CFR9M5QodpwE5sQ
Pricey - so 'tis, but from my POV, there's the "well, I have to sleep somewhere" factor.  (Tourist accommodation in NYC is not cheap!)

Now I need to figure out who I might be e-quainted with in the area, who has a kid I can borrow Cheesy - since I'm really doubtful WH's plan will work.

Or, more seriously:  Thanks for the link; I've started a bookmark subfolder that's especially for that NY trip, so I can keep track of Things We Must Do.  We might not get to spend the night at the AMNH, but we can certainly spend a day there.  (And if you ever visit my neck of the woods, you'll probably be interested in a short - 'bout an hour's drive each way - road trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum.)

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