Doctoral candidates should be graduating from the newly formed Department of Space Science at UAH in fall 2014, said its chairman, Dr. Gary Zank. Those doctoral graduates will have been "grandfathered" into the new department because their faculty advisors have moved into the department themselves. Formed within the College of Science, the Department of Space Science drew its initial faculty from a faculty cluster in space physics formerly housed in the Department of Physics. This group of scientists also conducts research through the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR). CSPAR and the Space Science faculty of the new department have a world-class reputation in theoretical and computational space physics, including space weather modeling, interplanetary and heliospheric physics, and have received approximately $18 million since July 2008 in grants to support these specific activities.