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What is Biology@Princeton?

Biology@Princeton is a multi-disciplinary graduate program comprising the four core biology Graduate Programs of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Molecular Biology (MOL), Neuroscience (NEU), and Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB).  Because education in the life sciences is increasingly multi-disciplinary, Biology@Princeton provides greater flexibility for applicants as well as greater cohesion among students and faculty in the program.
Biology@Princeton builds on the inherent strengths of Princeton’s Graduate School: 
  • An open curriculum
  • Ease of movement across departmental lines
  • Ease of interdepartmental collaboration by faculty and students
  • Relatively flexible rules and regulations.  
Fibroblasts stained for alpha-smooth muscle actin
Fibroblasts stained for alpha-smooth muscle actin (Schwarzbauer Research)
Who should consider applying to Biology@Princeton?
Biology@Princeton is suitable for any applicant interested in one of the four core programs, and is especially appropriate for those whose interests span multiple programs, as it provides a mechanism for applicants to be considered by more than one program.
How does it work?
Biology@Princeton is committed to offering choice and flexibility to new graduate students through the following features:
  • Flexibility at admission, with applicants able to rank their preferences for a home program from among the four core programs.
  • Each core program is in charge of its own admission process, with coordination by the Biology@Princeton Executive Committee. Applicants are considered by the admissions committees of the home programs in order of preference as ranked in the application.
  • Students are admitted into one home program, with the possibility of transferring to another program after they choose a thesis advisor.
  • Students perform their first laboratory rotation with a faculty member in their home program. Subsequent laboratory rotations may be done with any other Biology@Princeton faculty member.
  • Students will receive a stipend and tuition is covered throughout the program.

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