Spotlight

Jay Pittman
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Stephen Meredith
I chose the University of Chicago because I was offered the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting research topics without limitation. The faculty have provided a thoughtful and caring environment for me to cultivate my interests and navigate the numerous fields being explored in the BMB Department. I always feel encouraged to collaborate with my colleagues and gain the interdisciplinary knowledge necessary to make me a better researcher.
Simone Rauch
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Bryan Dickinson
I chose to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Chicago because of the diversity of research opportunities and flexibility of the BMB department and the molecular biosciences cluster. Aside from the collaborative and innovate research conducted at the University of Chicago, I was sold by the welcoming and supportive environment the students and department foster here. Throughout my entire PhD program, I was provided with many opportunities to explore different scientific and career development avenues and I am grateful that the University values all the aspects of graduate education. 
Jun Huang
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Ray Moellering
I chose to pursue my PhD studies at the University of Chicago because of its collaborative and innovative research environment, abundance of available resources, and flexibility to explore my scientific interests. However, what ultimately sold me were the nurturing community which I was able experience even during interview weekend, and the dedication to career development like the myCHOICE program. I am grateful that the University truly wants their students to do well in every possible way.
Philip McGilvray
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Robert Keenan
I chose to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Chicago because so many labs were doing interesting, impactful research. I knew I would find a project that would remain stimulating throughout my graduate experience, allowing me to focus on finding a lab with a culture that fit me best. Being grounded in a scientific question that really interested me was integral to my growth, pushing me to learn new techniques, explore new areas, and driving me to become a better scientist. 
Katherine Leon
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Demet Arac-Ozkan
I chose to attend the University of Chicago because of the strong structural biology research as well as support from research facilities both on campus and at nearby Argonne National Laboratory, both of which have been essential for carrying out my thesis research. In addition, I could see from my campus visit that the University of Chicago values an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, from the cluster organization which brings together diverse groups of students and faculty to the open lab designs which foster the sharing of ideas and resources. 
Christopher Katanski
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Alan Drummond
When I first interviewed at the University of Chicago a graduate student told me, “you’ll do great science wherever you go,” but the important thing is to find a school where the culture fits. For me, University of Chicago was right fit. I found a culture that values rigor and intensity in research, but also finds time to chat about science over a beer every Friday. Students and faculty are more than colleagues, they’re supportive and generous friends. I chose University of Chicago primarily for the people and found great science along the way.