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Undergraduate institution: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
I knew the Molecular and Developmental Biology program was the right choice during the interview day. Before arriving I had heard about the cutting edge research and state of the art facilities. Meeting with faculty and discussing research during the interview day enforced what I had heard about the program, and investigators shared examples of collaborations within and outside of the program.
The first year is mainly focused on courses, which are taught by many professors lecturing on their areas of expertise. So, as students we are learning fundamentals and ground breaking research from the scientists who contribute to the field.
During my rotation, I was able to acquire new lab skills and begin to develop an independent research project. The collaborative nature of the faculty, my dissertation committee, other students, and group lab meetings have aided in developing my skills as a researcher.
I attended a state university in a small town, however, I felt right at home when I arrived in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is a city that feels much smaller since there are distinct neighborhoods with everything you need within walking distance. On weekends there are always activities to participate in with friends such as sporting events, the zoo, aquarium, dinner on a riverboat, and numerous festivals.
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