Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Around Campus | Of Interest | March 09, 2015
What are you studying and
what is your background? Why are you passionate about it?
I graduated from the
University of Texas Pan American in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in biology
and a minor in chemistry. I joined Teach For America and was a high school science
teacher in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Currently, I am at University
of Houston completing a thesis project on cardiovascular research with the
department of pharmacology and pharmaceutics. I love teaching and science
fascinates me. I decided to go to graduate school to pursue a career in
academia, melding my passion for teaching and scientific curiosity.
Why are you interested in
coming to UT Health Science Center?
The curriculum is unique
compared to other schools. The integrated and multidisciplinary program allows
graduate students a range of opportunities and flexibility within the
curriculum and research.
What are you looking for
in a graduate school?
I was a teacher for two
years after college, so I haven’t been a student for some time. I was looking
for a curriculum that would review the basic sciences and further specialize in
the second semester according to my track. Also, I have not been able to
explore as much as I would like to in terms of research. Therefore, I was
looking for a school with a range of research labs that I would be able to
choose from after completing my lab rotations.
What did you think of
The theme was “have fun.”
Simple. I had a great time learning more about the program with the
faculty and speaking with graduate students.
What was your favorite
One of the best parts was
socializing with the faculty at dinner after a day of interviews. It was fun
and reassuring to speak in an informal environment with people you could
potentially be working with.
What do you wish you
could have seen more of?
I don’t think there is
anything I wish I could have seen more of. We were able to interview with
faulty in their offices and take a tour of a lab within our chosen departments.
Also, I am a Texan and have been to San Antonio many times therefore I did not
feel like I personally needed to see more of the city.
Were you able to connect
with the other students/faculty/the UT community?
The night before our
interviews, we had dinner at Dr. David Weiss home. It was a warm and welcoming
experience. We were also able to speak with graduate students over lunch and
meet with department chairs at dinner.
What were some of the
factors that interested you to this program?
This school offers an
integrated curriculum that allows one to be able to explore and have a broad
learning experience. There also many different types of projects to choose from
in terms of research and the faculty seemed very inviting and graduate student
friendly. Also, I think San Antonio would be a great place to live!
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