PhD students from around the world recently arrived on the Chicago campus to join the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP), Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) program, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Clinical Psychology PhD Program and Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program (HSIP).
DGP welcomed 43 new PhD students — the second-largest and most diverse class the program has seen to date. This group includes individuals with undergraduate degrees from Midwest schools, as well as schools as far away as Russia and China. Students will complete courses and lab rotations during their first year, which allow them to explore several areas of research before selecting a dissertation lab and project.
The 22 incoming NUIN students hail from institutions across the United States, as well as from the United Kingdom and Spain.
MSTP welcomed 16 new students who will earn both a MD and PhD, completing two years of medical school before starting their doctoral program in a lab. Once they have earned their PhD, they will return to medical school to complete their MD. This year’s students come from institutions from coast-to-coast, including UCLA, Yale University and Northwestern.
Six new students are beginning the Clinical Psychology PhD program. They will spend six years at Feinberg for training in the clinical practice and science of psychology, along with specific training needed for careers as clinical psychologists conducting research and clinical work in academic medical centers or other healthcare settings. In a record application year, students in this year’s class were selected from among 878 applicants.
Finally, 10 students joined HSIP. Founded in 2012 and unique to Northwestern, HSIP trains students in processes and methodologies in clinical and population sciences through the Institute for Public Health and Medicine.