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The Division: A Closer Look

DBBS ensures full funding, including a $30,500 yearly stipend, for all students making satisfactory progress towards a PhD degree.

A collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to research and education is a hallmark of Washington University and the Division. Students may work in the lab of any of DBBS’ 500+ faculty members, regardless of the program to which they are admitted.

Graduate students in the Division are part of an elite research environment that includes one of the country’s top 10 medical schools, world-renowned researchers, and the legacy of 18 Nobel Laureates.

Affiliated institutions include the McDonnell Genome Institute, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Want to learn what our students love most about the Division and life in St. Louis? Check out the latest DBBS Student Spotlight here.

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As I looked around the country at the different options available, there were a lot of great places I could go to school. But there's really only one place I wanted to be and that was Washington University in St. Louis.

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I have a great work life balance here. There's amazing research. But at the same time, there is just a lot of opportunity to enjoy life.

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Washington University's Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences is an incredibly collaborative place.

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Here at WashU, being a graduate student is actually being a part of the community.

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There are tons of ways that people at Washington University go out of the way to really support and make this city and this university feel like home for people.

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From day one, you will be treated as a colleague.

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You transcend disciplines. You cross disciplines.

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You're allowed to develop your own ideas. You're allowed to, as a graduate student, actually see those ideas come to fruition.

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It's a great balance between hands-on and hands-off mentoring.

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The community that WashU has provided has really helped me become a more independent scientist.

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There are really groundbreaking things that are happening and the main reason is because of the students.

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As I look back at my time here at WashU, I realize what a great place it's been to develop as a scientist. Whatever opportunity presents itself, I'm going to be ready for it.

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Washington University is committed to my personal development as a scientist, but also as a professional.

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I'm happy at Washington University. I'm happy in St. Louis. It feels like a dream come true for me.

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One thing that I've taken from my experience at WashU is to dream big, address big questions and big challenges, not just in science, but in the world.

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