Graduates receive degrees in the Departmental Commencement Ceremony held on May 20
On Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m., the class of 2006 became the newest graduates of the Department of Biological Sciences, who conferred doctoral, masters and bachelor degrees to 56 students. Of the 52 graduating seniors, 46 were awarded a B.S. in Biological Sciences, one received a B.S. in Computational Biology and five students received B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Psychology. The interdisciplinary nature of the program was showcased by the students' choices of additional majors and minors, which included fields such as English, Statistics, Chemistry, Hispanic Studies, Philosophy and History.
Many of the graduating seniors will be attending graduate school at institutions like Harvard University, Yale University and Stanford University, working towards doctoral degrees in biology-related fields such as neuroscience and genetics. A few students have chosen the path to an M.D. by attending such medical schools as University of Chicago, University of Southern California and the University of Texas Southwestern. One student will be attending dental school at University of California, Los Angeles, one will be working on a J.D. at Drexel University School of Law and a student will attend the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy for a Pharm.D. degree. Some students have chosen to go directly into the workforce, accepting positions at L'oreal, Pfizer and the National Institutes of Health as research scientists.
In addition, three students received M.S. degrees in Computational Biology and one student received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in the ceremony. Two of the M.S. students will be pursuing Ph.D. in Computational Biology degrees, and one plans on seeking a position in industry. The Ph.D. graduate is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Northwestern University.
Also, two M.S. degrees in Computational Biology and six Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences were awarded in absentia.