Jihye Park, PhD, 2013
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, M
One of the main reasons that I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Genomics at Penn State University was the rigorous, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research environment. When you visit various labs at Penn State and talk to faculty members and students, you will notice right away that they all work on a lot of innovative research projects with many different people and labs at Penn State and other institutes. There are many open and friendly forums and seminars (i.e. BG retreat, Journal Club, etc) that will bring experts from different disciplines. You will get to discuss ongoing exciting projects that will synergize the efforts to understand evolutionary biology and genomics via computational and functional analyses.
The Penn State BG program also has a great balance between structure and flexibility for graduate students. The BG program has a very organized array of courses and curricula for students to explore different disciplines and learn important scientific and professional skills in order to succeed in careers in science. At the same time, it offers flexible forums and opportunities for students to expand their leadership, interests and passion in science and life (i.e. GENOMIX, teaching certificate, other student organizations, etc).
Besides great research programs and opportunities, the people that you work with make everything so much better at Penn State. The faculty and student body has a great interaction, and there are many opportunities for students to be mentored by various faculty members and peer mentors, present their work and ideas, and improve the program every year. The beautiful campus and surroundings will also help you enjoy daily life at Penn State while pursuing a degree in what you love.