Why the University of Arizona?
|"...affiliation of the Cancer Center and Hospital; reputable faculty and research; competitive stipend compared to living cost; and the faculty, staff, and students really made me feel at home."
|"...The University of Arizona Cancer Center is one of the NCC recognized comprehensive cancer center with all the necessary core facilities and faculties."
|"...the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the myriad of outdoor activities in Tucson. All of the graduate students with whom I spoke to seemed extremely happy, both with their program/research and with their overall quality of life, which was not a common theme at other universities."
Why the CBIO Program?
|"...the breadth of research being done and opportunity to work with patients in the clinic."
|"The program has a very united and cohesive environment. Everyone is always willing to help, provide advice, and we have an amazing coordinator!"
|"CBIO is the only program who would provide funding without a specific grant. I was able to join the lab of my choice, regardless of my PI's funding situation."
What is your most impactful experience since joining CBIO?
|"I received excellent training from Dr. Pagel (my PI) in scientific communication, including grant and journal manuscript writing."
|"I've not only worked in the lab, but I can collaborate very closely with physicians and get to know the participants involved in the study"
|"The willingness of the CBIO faculty members to teach us, students and young scientists, the principles and tricks in academia: grant writing, critical thinking...they are willing to spend time reading our ideas and mentoring us..."
What is the support system like?
|"A lot of my support comes from my family, my labmates, and my friends (both within ABBS and outside). Also the CBIO coordinator is amazing in helping with anything I need as well!"
|"Most of my support network is outside of the university, in the amazing community that I've built in the Tucson area."
Is there life outside of a Ph.D. Life?
|"Yes. I enjoy running and hiking with my dog. I also enjoy reading books, painting, and watching movies at home."
|"Yeah, I have a wife and child. Even being a full-time graduate student I feel like I have plenty of time to spend with them."
|"When I'm not in the lab, I like to go to the local restaurants and breweries with friends or spend time exploring the city with my dog...I find myself having a lot of time for social activities without feeling like I am taking away from time I could be spending in lab."
International Students Testimonials
Alex Chibly, Mexico
|"我叫汪梦蝶，来自中国。我毕业于华中科技大学生物科学系，现在是亚利桑那大学 CBIO program 3年级的PhD学生。经过3次轮转之后，我加入了Dr. Greg Rogers 和Dr. Anne Cress 的实验室，研究中心体在肿瘤发生中的作用。我非常喜欢我所在的实验室和我的研究项目。
|"Originalmente soy de Durango, México, y egresado de Química de la UACJ. Actualmente estudio el 4to año del doctorado en Biología del Cáncer en la UofA. Go Wildcats!! Mi investigación está enfocada a estudiar los mecanismos que contribuyen a la perdida de función de glándulas salivares como consecuencia de la radioterapia, y como explotar dichos mecanismos para promover la regeneración celular utilizando células madre.
Hobbies: Volleyball de playa, bodybuilding, karaoke, salsa.
¿Porque la Universidad de Arizona? Como estudiante internacional, la diversidad cultural y científica de la UofA fueron factores importantes; sin embargo, la principal razón fue la excelente calidad de asesoría y entrenamiento que obtuve (y sigo teniendo) durante un verano de investigación científica con mi actual mentora, Kirsten Limesand.
Fun fact: I sang “At last” by Etta James during my interview for grad school."
|"I'm from Vancouver, Canada, where I studied microbiology for my B.Sc. Currently I'm a 4th year CBIO student in the laboratory of Gus Mouneimne, exploring how mechanical changes within the breast tumor microenvironment influence disease progression and phenotype. I chose to attend the UofA largely because both the climate and low cost of living afford a comfortable lifestyle. The university also seemed to be a place where collaboration among labs was encouraged, which greatly facilitates the kind of translational research that I was seeking.The CBIO department was also very helpful in the process of transitioning to graduate school as an international student."