I have been accepted into the Doctoral Program in Biology for the Fall 2012 semester at City University of New York, which is coincidentally my first choice for grad school.
What I don't talk about in the video is why I wanted to do CUNY's bio Ph.D. program so badly.
Well, for starters, I found this really awesome lab, and they have room for me. The professor leading the lab has a Masters in environmental engineering, a Masters of science in journalism, a Ph.D. in biological oceanography, and did his post-doc in molecular biology. That's a really awesome, well-rounded background.
The lab he runs is interested in coral reef ecology (with an empasis on the mesophotic coral reefes and fluorescent proteins), marine microbial ecology in relation to biogeochemical cycling, and identifying and developing novel compounds from marine and reef organisms. I don't know which sounds the coolest. I could go on and on about this lab, but I'll spare you.
Secondly, the classes I'd have to take are classes I'd want to take. Students are required to take one course from each of the following four areas
BIOL 72407 Animal Behavior II
BIOL 72406 Behavior and Evolution
BIOL 76005 Population Ecology
BIOL 76001 Ecology
BIOL 76003 Community Ecology
BIOL 70901 Population Genetics
BIOL 70503 Evolution
BIOL 70803 Molecular Evolution
BIOL 70603 Principles of Systematics
- One graduate statistics course consisting of both lecture and lab. This can be fulfilled with either Biostatistics I (BIOL 78201 - lecture and lab) or Mathematical Biology I and II (BIOL 78001 lecture and BIOL 78002 lab).
- One 3-credit graduate seminar course (For example: Seminar in Evolution BIOL U79001, Seminar in Ecology BIOL 79006, Seminar in Biomathematics BIOL 79008, Seminar in Systematics BIOL 79011, Seminar in Zoogeography BIOL 79012, Seminar in Animal Behavior BIOL 79022).
I AM SO EXCITED.