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Our innovative doctoral program includes the following key features:

  • Approximately four to five years from matriculation to Ph.D.
  • A broad representation of the biological sciences
  • A first year with course work and laboratory rotations in separate phases
  • Emphasis on the principles of scientific reasoning and logic as well as the importance of ethics and effective communication
  • Continued advanced course instruction throughout the graduate curriculum
  • Extensive mentoring and support in large part through our “two-tier” mentoring program


Alexander Gann

Message from Dean Alexander Gann

Welcome to the Watson School of Biological Sciences....

Seeding citizen science with DNA barcoding

Seeding citizen science with DNA barcoding

July 18, 2018

Teachers trained in DNA barcoding can mentor students as they become citizen scientists investigating what interests them most...

Ngoc (Tumi) Tran

Coming to CSHL is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

Ngoc (Tumi) Tran
Entering Class of 2015