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Characteristics of the 2018 Entering PhD Class

The following report is a summary of the 73 members of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s 2018 entering class of PhD students. They were selected from a total of 668 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.

  • Boston University(2)
  • Brigham Young University
  • California Institute Of Technology
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • College Of William And Mary
  • Colorado State University
  • Cuny Hunter College(2)
  • Daemen College
  • Duke University
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology(2)
  • International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
  • Lycoming College
  • Marist College
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
  • National Institute of Science Education And Research, Bhubaneswar
  • National Institute of Technology, Calicut
  • Nazareth College Of Rochester
  • Ohio State University-Main Campus
  • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus(2)
  • Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher
  • Rochester Institute Of Technology(4)
  • Saint John Fisher College
  • Saint Johns University
  • Simmons College
  • Slippery Rock University Of Pennsylvania
  • St Josephs College
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY College - Brockport(2)
  • SUNY College - Buffalo
  • SUNY College At Geneseo
  • SUNY University at Buffalo
  • Texas A&M University
  • The Open University
  • The University Of Texas At Austin
  • Tsinghua Univ-Hsinchu Taiwan
  • University at Buffalo
  • University Of Alabama At Birmingham
  • University of Alcala
  • University Of California-San Diego (2)
  • University Of Connecticut
  • University of Dammam
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University Of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University Of New England
  • University Of New Mexico-Main Campus
  • University Of Pittsburgh-Main Campus (3)
  • University Of Rochester (7)
  • Viterbo College
  • Wayne State University
  • Waynesburg College
  • Wells College
  • Xavier University Of Louisiana (2)

Undergraduate Majors

  • Biochemistry – 7
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – 3
  • Biology – 8
  • Biology Health -1
  • Bioengineering - 1
  • Biological Sciences – 6
  • Biology -Microbiology and Infectious Disease – 1
  • Biomedical Engineering – 1
  • Biophysics – 1
  • Biotechnology – 4
  • Cell and Molecular Biology – 1
  • Chemistry – 4
  • Clinical Medicine -1
  • Computational Natural Sciences -1
  • Economics – 1
  • Engineering – 1
  • Environmental Science – 1
  • Mathematics – 2
  • Microbiology – 1
  • Molecular and Cell Biology – 1
  • Molecular Biology – 1
  • Molecular Genetics -1
  • Neuroscience – 3
  • Pharmacology – 1
  • Physics - 1
  • Physiology and Neuroscience – 1
  • Psychology – 3
  • Public Health – 1
  • Statistics - 2
  • TEAM – 1
  • Toxicology -1
  • Translational Oncology -1

Undergraduate GPA

The average GPA was 3.41.

Domestic Students – State Residence

There are 56 incoming domestic students.

  • California – 3
  • Connecticut – 1
  • Iowa – 1
  • Louisiana – 2
  • Massachusetts - 1
  • Michigan – 2
  • Minnesota – 2
  • New Mexico -1
  • New York – 28
  • Ohio – 1
  • Pennsylvania – 2
  • South Carolina – 1
  • South Dakota -1
  • Texas -2
  • Utah -1
  • Virginia -1

International Students - Country of Origin

There are 17 incoming international students.

  • China – 7
  • Dominican Republic -1
  • India – 3
  • Ireland – 1
  • Saudi Arabia – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Taiwan - 1
  • United Kingdom – 1

Average GRE Scores

  • Verbal - 70%
  • Quantitative - 66%
  • Analytical - 54%

Average TOEFL Score

Thirteen of the seventeen international students reported scores. The average score was 103.

Additional Degrees

Fourteen students in the 2018 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

One incoming student completed the University of Rochester’s PREP program. 

Average Age

The seventy-three incoming students have an average age of 24 years with a range of 20-41 years. 

Race and Ethnicity

The following summarizes how the 56 US Citizens and Permanent Residents in the incoming 2018 class identify their own race and ethnicity:

  • American Indian/White - 1
  • Asian - 6
  • Asian, Islander - 1
  • Black or African American - 2
  • White - 44
  • Not Reported - 2

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic - 4

Groups Underrepresented in Science

15 members (20%) of the incoming 2018 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 – 43 incoming students
  • Male – 30 incoming students

Graduate Programs

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - 7
  • Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology - 6
  • Cell Biology of Disease - 9
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology - 4
  • Epidemiology - 1
  • Genetics, Development and Stem Cells - 3
  • Health Services Research and Policy - 2
  • Immunology, Microbiology and Virology - 11
  • Neuroscience - 12
  • Statistics - 4
  • Toxicology - 6
  • Translational Biomedical Science - 8