The twenty-second incoming class of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL) School of Biological Sciences included two US and seven international students. During the pandemic, the students initially quarantined for two weeks and then moved into student housing to act as a single household. This allowed them to take the majority of their courses in-person and on-time.
Through 2020, the program counts 118 Ph.D. graduates. Thirty-five graduates have secured tenure-track faculty positions and two others are in independent research positions within academia. Twelve have been promoted to associate professor and two are now full professors. Other graduates are in influential positions in administration, publishing, consulting, and industry.
Current students and alumni are winning prestigious fellowships, awards, and prizes. In 2020, current student Danielle Ciren was awarded a Graduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Alexandra Nowlan was awarded a Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience. To date, the students’ Ph.D. research has resulted in nearly 500 publications.
Students in the sixty-first Undergraduate Research Program could not come to CSHL labs for hands-on research during the pandemic, while the Partners for the Future Program for high school students was conducted virtually.