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Advice from Dionna Gamble

GamblePh.D. Student
Genetics and Genomics

How do you start researching PhD programs? 

Your research interests along with any geographical preferences you have can be great starting points for researching PhD programs. Also speaking with a college advisor or mentor can provide great insight and add additional programs to your list. 

What should you look for in a PhD program? 

The following are a few of the important things to look for in a PhD program: 1. Caliber/breadth of research, 2. Engaging faculty, 3. Presence of community and resources for graduate students.

What questions should you ask in your campus visits? 

Be sure to ask about resources the program has to support students through the various stages and milestones of their graduate school career. 

What are some common pitfalls to avoid in the application process? 

Avoid sending documents to the wrong program or omitting pertinent information from your applications by remaining organized during the application process. An excel document keeping track of all the documents required for each school can be very helpful.