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Characteristics of the 2017 Entering PhD Class

The following report is a summary of the 64 members of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s 2017 entering class of PhD students. They were selected from a total of 665 applicants.

Undergraduate Schools

The incoming students completed their undergraduate studies at the following schools. There is one incoming student from each school unless otherwise noted by a count.

  • Baylor University
  • Bilkent University
  • California State-Fullerton
  • California State-Northridge
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William and Mary
  • Denison University
  • Duke University
  • Duquesne University
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Eastern University
  • Elmira College
  • Faculdade Sao Leopoldo Mandic
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
  • Kasturba Medical College
  • Kuwait University
  • Le Moyne College
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Niagara University
  • Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
  • Peking University
  • Rochester Institute Of Technology(3)
  • Saint John Fisher College
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • Stetson University
  • Stonehill College
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • SUNY College At Geneseo (2)
  • SUNY Potsdam(2)
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Buffalo (SUNY)(2)
  • University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hyderabad
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of North Carolina At Wilmington
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Florida
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Rochester (5)
  • University Of Wisconsin-Superior
  • University Of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Utah State University
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wells College
  • Winthrop University
  • Wuhan University

Undergraduate Majors

  • Biochemistry (7)
  • Biochemistry and Chemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology (11)
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Biology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics Concentration
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physiology and Neurobiology
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Undergraduate GPA

The average GPA was 3.60.

Domestic Students – State Residence

There are 50 incoming domestic students.

  • Arizona 
  • Florida - 2
  • Massachusetts - 2
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri 
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York - 12
  • Pennsylvania - 4
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

International Students - Country of Origin

There are 14 incoming international students.

  • Australia - 1
  • Brazil - 1
  • China - 4
  • India - 6
  • Malaysia -1
  • South Korea - 1
  • Turkey - 1

Average GRE Scores

  • Verbal - 72%
  • Quantitative - 66%
  • Analytical - 62%

Average TOEFL Score

Eleven of the fourteen international students reported scores. The average score was 106.

Additional Degrees

Twenty students in the 2017 incoming class hold Master’s degrees.

MD/PhD

Six entering PhD students are enrolled in the MD/PhD program.

Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP Program) Students

 Two incoming students completed the University of Rochester’s PREP program. 

Average Age

The seventy-one incoming students have an average age of 25 years with a range of 24-42 years. 

Race and Ethnicity

The following summarizes how the 50 US Citizens and Permanent Residents in the incoming 2017 class identify their own race and ethnicity:

Race

  • Amer. Indian/Alaska Native - 1
  • Asian - 4
  • Black or African American - 3
  • White - 40
  • Not Reported - 2

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic - 2

Groups Underrepresented in Science

8 members (12%) of the incoming 2017 class identify with one or more groups underrepresented in science.

Groups underrepresented in science include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands) and individuals with disabilities (those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities).

Male/Female Ratio

According to the students’ self-reported information the male/female ratio is the following:

  • Female – 31 incoming students
  • Male – 33 incoming students

Graduate Programs

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - 6
  • Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology - 3
  • Cell Biology of Disease - 4
  • Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology - 3
  • Epidemiology - 3
  • Genetics, Genomics & Development - 1
  • Health Services Research and Policy - 4
  • Immunology, Microbiology & Virology - 10
  • Neuroscience - 8
  • Statistics - 5
  • Toxicology - 7
  • Translational Biomedical Science - 10