Student Perspectives

Celia Smits

"The program in Molecular Biology at Princeton is everything that I was looking for in a graduate program: I feel both challenged and supported in my research, and I am constantly impressed by the diversity of scientific expertise that is represented in the department. The atmosphere is one of fun-loving curiosity with a strong sense of community. As a graduate student, I have had the opportunity to interact with some of the most incredible scientists in my field, and I am always learning and growing from my day-to-day interactions with faculty, postdocs, and fellow students. This interdisciplinary and collaborative environment makes graduate school at Princeton a truly fantastic experience.”

Connor Jankowski

Like many graduate students at Princeton, I was faced with a difficult decision between several exceptional programs when I chose Molecular Biology at Princeton. The program was much smaller than others to which I had applied, or indeed, what I was used to coming from the comparatively large University of Washington in Seattle, yet it still managed to achieve a great diversity of research interests for such a seemingly small program. Key to this depth in scholarship is the interdisciplinary nature of the program; the Department of Molecular Biology is home to not only biologists but also chemists, physicists, and programmers. This spirit of collaboration extends beyond the department to other top-tier institutions both in the area and across the world, offering ample opportunity for students to explore new options in pursuing their research. The city of Princeton is ideally suited for students looking for a break from big city life while still being close enough for a quick day trip or overnight in Philadelphia or New York.

Jeremy Cortez

My undergraduate work and research was at a suburban state school in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Texas, 20 minutes from where I grew up.  I had a great research experience and mentor, and I continued to research in DFW post-graduation while also working in food quality control for a few years. However after living my life in a 30 mile radius, I wanted to try something different.  I longed for a graduate experience with more extensive research and individual encouragement.  Princeton MolBio professors are superstars who are engaged with passion and a true love for science.  The professors encourage creativity and development of new ideas from graduate students.  Research can be fast-paced, but at Princeton I notice no student is left lagging.  Although I deeply miss my family in TX, I am glad I also have a family of diverse mentors/friends at Princeton.  A family that encourages strong improvement and well-being.  Plus the campus is so beautiful! It’s not hard to find new ideas and inspiration by simply taking a relaxing stroll.