A Jubilant Day for Qualifying Grad Students
On June 20, in the Lubin Dining Hall, Einstein’s Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences honored Ph.D and M.D-Ph.D candidates with a ceremony marking their successful completion of their qualifying examination. The room was abuzz with excited chatter as the 41 honorees, their families, and mentors got settled. The celebration included awarding each student with a Masters of Science degree in biomedical sciences following their first two years of Ph.D. studies.
After Dr. Victoria Freedman, associate dean for graduate programs in biomedical sciences, delivered opening remarks, Dr. Myles Akabas, director of Einstein’s Medical Scientist Training Program, addressed the students. As the student-invited speaker, and having earned his M.D.-Ph.D. at Einstein in 1983, Dr. Akabas shared insights from his own experience, including, “Guard your reputation for honesty and integrity. It is your most valuable possession.”
At the reception following the ceremony students hugged family members and mentors and reflected on their accomplishments. “Preparing for the qualifying exam was intimidating at the beginning, but interacting with my lab mates and members of the neuroscience department made the whole process much easier,” recalled Aida Davila, a former Einstein PREP scholar who is now beginning her thesis work in the laboratory of Adam Kohn, Ph.D. “It felt great to reach this milestone after working so hard for months.”
Posted on: Friday, October 11, 2019