Welcome, New Students-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, August 17, 2009

Welcome, New Students

New Ph.D. and M.S. Students
New Ph.D. and M.S. Students

As orientation begins today, the Department of Biological Sciences welcomes all of its new graduate and undergraduate students.

This year, 20 Ph.D. students, Paul Barton, Michael Gamalinda, Nathan Hsu, James Hughes, Stephanie Hughes, Andrew Kehr, Ezgi Kunttas-Tatli, Ashita (Ash) Magal, Deborah Makin, Andrew Markham, Suchitra (Suchi) Ramachandran, Sailatha Ravi, Simran Saini, Gregory Smith, Amanda Soohoo, Ritika Tewari, Idil Ulengin, Phu Van, Rachel Vistein, and Mingrui Zhang begin their studies. Over the next few weeks, these students will begin their first lab rotation.

A series of three lab rotations offer the students a chance to learn more about the research conducted within faculty laboratories. After completing their lab rotations and the core courses in cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, the new students will select a research advisor, marking the beginning of their doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon.

In addition, 13 M.S. in Computational Biology students, Jeya Balasubramanian, James Dang, Vardhan Dharnidharka, Xian Feng, Cheng-Neng (Mark) Ko, Walter Lewis, Soumya Luthra, Rajesh Patidar, Steve Rhoton, Sriram Venugopal, Jesse Stokum, Jorge Vendries, and Meng Yuan are joining the department.

For more information on the departmental graduate student orientation, visit: http://www.cmu.edu/bio/seminars_events/orientation/index.html

Furthermore, 85 sophomores declared a primary major in biological sciences or the unified major of biology and psychology.

Numerous first-year undergraduate students will also be partaking in activities throughout orientation week. On Wednesday, August 19, the annual biological sciences dinner for first-years will be held in University Center followed by an evening at the Carnegie Science Center. An advising fair is scheduled from noon to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday in the University Center. During the fair, first-years can have questions answered regarding courses as well as make changes to their fall schedule.

For more information on the first-year orientation, visit: http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/first-year/orientation/