Matriculating students can look forward to joining a creative and supportive community of graduate students and faculty and a challenging program which will prepare them to be independent thinkers and researchers.
Our faculty members are first rate scientists passionate about research and training of future scientists. Our graduate students are enthusiastic researchers who are instrumental in the research being done in the Field. They form a tight-knit community that supports and mentors their colleagues.
The BMCB program includes lecture and laboratory courses, teaching experience, and front-line research with access to the latest technology and equipment. Grant writing and presenting scientific research to a variety of audiences, as well as classroom teaching, are also emphasized. Scientific knowledge acquired and the range of skills developed during their graduate program allow our graduates to choose from a wide variety of careers.
Recruitment interviews and interactions are an important part of our admissions process. Top-ranked domestic applicants being considered for admissions are typically invited to campus to interview. BMCB is committed to inclusiveness and seeks to provide opportunities to all applicants being considered for admission.
Originally from the appropriately named small town of Hamlet, NC, I earned my undergraduate degree in general Biology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I chose to apply to Cornell because of the breadth and depth of research opportunities within the field of BMCB, and because of this institution’s tradition of academic excellence. Cornell instantly became my top choice when I met the graduate students, who were motivated, enthusiastic, and collaborative—I quickly realized that this was a place where I could hone my skills as a scientist while also being part of a close-knit group of incredibly passionate people.
Ethan SanfordSmolka Lab, BMCB Class of 2016
I joined the BMCB program at Cornell because it provided a stimulating academic environment that fostered collaborations between labs. I noticed how the atmosphere between students was friendly and open to dialogue. Ithaca is a very welcoming town that encourages uniqueness/diversity, thus, transitioning from a big city to a small town was easier than expected. Living in Ithaca has enhanced my contact with nature. I have taken full advantage of exploring waterfalls, trails, and outdoor activities in the area.
Mariela Nuñez SantosHu Lab, BMCB class of 2016
There are many reasons why I chose to join BMCB at Cornell for my graduate studies. I was attracted to the Graduate Field system at Cornell, which I believe helps to foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research across departments. Additionally, I knew I would be able to explore different types of research in BMCB since the faculty members study a wide range of topics using many different techniques. Outside of the lab, I have also enjoyed my time at Cornell. Ithaca has a strong sense of community and is a safe, enjoyable, and beautiful place to live.
Gwen BeachamHollopeter Lab, BMCB Class of Fall 2015
The BMCB program was a great fit for me because 1) it provided me with the opportunity to explore my research interests before joining a lab, 2) the NSF writing course for first-year students was extremely valuable and unique, 3) the NIH-funded BEST program continues to give me opportunities to explore potential careers outside of academia, 4) Ithaca, NY is a beautiful town that has a phenomenal running/cycling scene.
Aaron JoinerFromme Lab, Class of 2014
What I enjoy most about being a graduate student at Cornell is the warm and accepting atmosphere brought upon by the professors and students. As a second year graduate student, I have personally experienced the willingness of my peers to teach incoming students new techniques and assist them in research. As for the city of Ithaca, there are very few places that can compare to the natural beauty seen here. Since I love the outdoors, I knew that Ithaca was going to be a great place for me to live. I feel extremely fortunate for my opportunity to be in the BMCB program while living in such a gorgeous town.
Alise MuokCrane lab (entered program 2012)
What I like most about Cornell: Its scientific environment coupled with the warm and friendly faculty and students fosters an ideal learning environment. Top reason for choosing Cornell: Cornell’s MBG department was one of the few programs to offer ‘lab rotations’ prior to joining a lab. This encouraged me to explore my scientific interests and taught me the importance of multidisciplinary research. The faculty are very down-to-earth and take personal interest in your work and development.
What I like most about Cornell: supportive faculty who are invested in your personal growth as a scientist. Cornell has just about every resource you need to succeed as a graduate student and your professors are there to help you achieve it. Top reason for choosing Cornell: diverse research fields. My background is relatively unique so it was refreshing to find an institution that is active in such a wide array of biological researcher. Scientists at Cornell use their unique backgrounds and experience to tackle biological questions in innovative ways.
Robert FragozaYu Lab (entered program Fall 2011)
What I like most about Cornell: the enriching scientific and academic environment that only an Ivy League school can provide.
Top reason for choosing Cornell: world-renowned scientists with very small egos. The camaraderie between faculty and students is something I did not sense at other schools I interviewed in.
Most exciting scientific person you’ve met since coming to Cornell: Nobel Prize laureate Aaron Ciechanover.
Najla Al-Sweel BMCB, Alani lab BMCB (entered Fall 2011)
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