Begin research quickly.
Students can join a group immediately or spend a semester doing optional rotations to find a good fit. When joining a group immediately, it is sometimes possible to start in the summer.
Take advantage of flexible course requirements.
You can gain expertise across areas and disciplines. Students often take some courses in biological sciences, physics and engineering.
Enjoy a collaborative environment.
Students form strong relationships with advisors and advisory committee members can become collaborators and additional mentors. Supportive interactions with peers across research groups are common.