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Welcome to our new 2018 Ph.D. Candidates!

September 27, 2018

By Suzi Harlow

Take care of yourself. You can’t do great science if you don’t take care of yourself.

Kit Pogliano, Dean of Biological Sciences

The new dean of Biological Sciences offered these words of wisdom as she welcomed the incoming class in the UCSD-Salk Biological Sciences doctoral program. The 37 students in the 2018 cohort are from across the United States and around the world with domestic students representing 12 states, and international students coming from China, India, and Turkey.

After the Welcome Day greeting from Dean Pogliano, Graduate Committee chair Jens Lykke-Andersen gave an overview of the Ph.D. program and then a day of administrative informational sessions followed. Wrapping up a full first day, the new students met their peer mentors for dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Martin Johnson House at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Biological Sciences Boot Camp started the next day with laboratory safety training and an afternoon of team building on the UCSD Challenge Course, and continued for the next few weeks with lectures, laboratory group projects, faculty research talks, and lunchtime chalk talks presented by the students. To kick off the new academic year, the class traveled to the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa for the annual retreat which brings together over 200 faculty, postdocs and graduate students from the Division of Biological Sciences and the Salk Institute.

group photo of incoming doctoral candidates


Suzi Harlow
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