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Student Resources

Mentoring and Advising

Our students carry out their research under the mentorship of faculty members at any of our affiliated CUNY senior colleges and other affiliated institutions. Graduate Deputy Chairs at the CUNY campuses act as faculty representatives to the Biology Ph.D. Program and are available to assist students working there:

Student Teaching

One of the learning goals for students in the Biology PhD Program is the attainment of communication skills that prepare students to both present their research to professional audiences and to explain biology to non-scientists and students of science. To this end, one of the Program requirements is that students teach a minimum of two semesters at the college-level (for example, a laboratory course in each of two semesters).

In order to prepare students for this teaching experience, the Program hosts a Teaching Workshop in the spring semester for first year students. Students also learn by example: attending at least one college-level science class representative of the courses PhD students will teach. Most students fulfill the minimum teaching requirement in their second year in the Program.

Student Teaching Resources

Library Facilities

Students have access to The Mina Rees Library at The Graduate Center as well as library facilities at each senior college, which maintain a wide selection of hard copy and electronic versions of science books and journals accessible to CUNY faculty and students. The Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) of the New York Public Library is also located within the same building as the Graduate Center. The SIBL research collection comprises 1.5 million volumes.

Funding Opportunities for Current Biology Students

The Murray L. Kaplan Fund for Biology

Generously established by program alumni Dr. Murray L. Kaplan, this fund supports student travel to national and international research conferences. Such travel, which enables students to present their work to the broader research community, is an essential component of students' professional training.

Additional Funding Opportunities

The Graduate Center Offers a variety of financial awards, scholarships, grants, and employment opportunities to help current doctoral students finance their education and research.

Learn more about funding opportunities for current doctoral students »