Graduate Studies

Student Perspectives

marshall reaves

From the day I arrived at Princeton, I have been able to pursue my interest in interdisciplinary biology to the full extent.  In a single day, I may be taught historic microbial genetics, develop tools for computational analysis, and discuss modern papers on the cutting edge of genomic all with leaders in these fields.

The educational atmosphere at Princeton nurtures my desire to branch out from my comfort zone by providing opportunities such as interdisciplinary courses, lectures, and journal clubs.

At my undergraduate university, being on the border between disciplines was difficult or even impossible.  At Princeton, it is accepted and even encouraged.  The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics proves this by involving diverse faculty members from Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Engineering in addition to Molecular Biology.  Princeton has allowed me to realize what kind of science really drives and excites me.

I enjoy the graduate student life unique to the Princeton Graduate College.  Social events, intramural sports, dining, and graduate organizations foster strong relationships with fellow graduate students.  Moreover, the Molecular Biology Department's activities work to form a close student community within the department itself.

Coming to Princeton was the best decision I made to enhance my academic creativity. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

— Marshall Reaves
      Rabinowitz Lab

scott breunigPrinceton’s Molecular Biology graduate program has offered me a wide spectrum of choices for both research and coursework. I've been able to work with professors from different fields and departments and finally chose to continue my research as part of a joint project with the Chemistry and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology departments.

The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics engenders such collaboration, and reflects the rule rather than the exception at Princeton. The constant flow of speakers invited to Princeton from a wide array of research interests further stimulates cross-disciplinary investigations.

Course offerings follow this interdisciplinary theme, and they are often taught by more than one professor, bringing classic biology and new techniques and ideas together. While some classes involve a large proportion of first-year graduate students, others are much smaller or include students from other departments and often promote a discussion-based curriculum.

I love Princeton’s proximity to my East Coast home and a large number of major cities, as well as the Jersey Shore and even a chance to get away for a weekend and ski. The ease of getting to major airports makes domestic and worldwide travel easy and inexpensive. The Princeton campus hosts a number of events through the year thanks to a large on-campus undergraduate population, including performing arts, intramural leagues and world-renowned speakers. If you have any questions about the program or Princeton in general, feel free to email me.

— Scott Breunig

Consultant, Oliver Wyman

Dante Ricci

When I initially considered applying to Princeton, I have to admit I was somewhat intimidated by the University’s academic prestige. Yet when I arrived on campus, I felt a comforting sense of community that immediately quelled my fears.

The Molecular Biology program at Princeton offers students of very diverse backgrounds endless opportunities to engage in dialogue at the very forefront of biological science. The resident and affiliated faculty members are not only experts and leaders in their fields, they are also impassioned educators, impressive thin Students in the program cooperate and collaborate rather than compete with one another, and the department’s collegial atmosphere is reinforced by the mutual respect that the students, faculty, and staff have for one another. I am consistently treated as a colleague, and by merit of being a graduate student at Princeton, I am afforded world-class opportunities to grow intellectually, professionally, and personally. The outstanding academics, pioneering research, and gorgeous scenery make Princeton an ideal setting for graduate studies in Molecular Biology.

The decision to attend Princeton was one of the best I ever made. If I can answer any questions about Princeton that might help you make your decision, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

— Dante Ricci

    Postdoc Princeton University

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