Graduate Student Perspectives

Elena Shersher (2016 Biochemistry Ph.D. graduate)

Being a first year graduate student was exciting, especially so if you are enrolled in a brand new biochemistry program at FIU! From personal experience I can say that this program is designed to help students gain knowledge in variety of scientific fields through carefully chosen curriculum, acquire critical thinking and presentation skills through different in-class assignments as well as learn about research of other scientists through weekly seminars. First year rotations provide a great opportunity not only to participate in different interesting research projects but also to make new friends and choose the environment that suits your personality the most for further work. I am confident that FIU biochemistry program will help students learn and develop necessary skills for being successful in the future."

Jill Beaver (2016 Biochemistry Ph.D. graduate)

"FIU was a wonderful place to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry! Professors in the program are supportive and work hard to get to know students and help them be successful. You have the opportunity to join exciting research in a wide variety of biochemistry areas across several departments, giving much more flexibility than many programs offer and ensuring that there are many options for students with any area of interest. Professors share teaching responsibilities as a team which allowed me to learn about each topic from an expert in the field. Small classes allowed me to really get to know others in the program and also gave me the opportunity to closely interact with the professors. You get to complete rotations through several laboratories in your first year of the program, allowing you to experience the research and dynamic of each lab first-hand before choosing a lab to join for your own research. I feel confident that this program helped me develop the skills I needed to truly be successful in a career in biochemistry research."