Dean’s welcome to New Students
The whole BSD looks forward to welcoming the incoming graduate class of 2015. This group of students will benefit from exciting, new division-wide programming.
Before Autumn quarter begins, the entire class will have the opportunity to attend an intensive, week-long Quantitative Approaches course held at our sister institution, the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA. This new course reflects our understanding that all biological scientists need a working knowledge of statistical and computational approaches, and a familiarity with handling large datasets, to prepare for the future of our field. The course will also allow students to become familiar with the MBL's remarkable educational and research resources, to benefit from professional development activities, and to get to know their classmates in a location that is unique in its ability to encapsulate the excitement of research.
The incoming class will also benefit from the BSD's NIH-funded myCHOICE (CHicago Options in Career Empowerment) program, which was launched in Autumn 2014 and will be fully operational by Autumn 2015. myCHOICE is empowering both graduate students and postdocs to understand their full range of career options and to better prepare for their future, whether in academia or beyond.
Our faculty, staff and current students look forward to the arrival of our new students, whose fresh ideas, diverse backgrounds and scientific curiosity will invigorate our intellectual community. On behalf of all of them, and of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs – welcome!
Victoria E. Prince, PhD
Dean and Director
Office of Graduate Affairs