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Characteristics of the 2020 Entering PhD Class

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The following report is a summary of the 68 members of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s 2020 entering class of PhD students. They were selected from a total of 927 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.

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Augustana College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Canisius College
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • DeSales University
  • Edinboro University Of Pennsylvania
  • Beni-Suef University
  • George Washington University
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Henan Agricultural University
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • James Madison University
  • Jinan University
  • Kent State University
  • Lafayette College
  • Mcgill University
  • Mercyhurst College
  • Messiah College
  • Nanjing Medical University
  • Nanjing Normal University
  • Nanjing University
  • National Taiwan University
  • Nazareth College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia University
  • Rhodes College
  • Rochester Institute Of Technology - 5
  • San Francisco State University
  • Shenyang Pharmaceutical University
  • Sichuan Agriculture University
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY College Of Technology At Alfred
  • Universidad Ana G. Mendez
  • University of Alberta
  • University of California - Irvine
  • University Of California-San Diego
  • University Of Colorado - Denver
  • University Of Georgia
  • University Of Louisiana
  • University Of Maine
  • University Of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • University Of Pennsylvania
  • University Of Puerto Rico-Humacao University College
  • University Of Rochester - 5
  • University Of Southern California
  • University Of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • University of Toledo
  • University Of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Washington University
  • Wesley College
  • Wuhan University
  • Xavier University Of Louisiana

 

Undergraduate Majors

There is one incoming student from each major unless otherwise noted by a count.

  • Anesthesiology
  • Biochemistry – 4
  • Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Biology – 8
  • Biological Sciences – 3
  • Biology & Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation
  • Biology, Art History
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology - 2
  • Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience - 4
  • Biotherapy of Major Human Diseases
  • Chemistry - 4
  • Environmental Biology
  • Epidemiology - 2
  • Forensic Science Technology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
  • Global Security Studies
  • Integrative Biology
  • International Health
  • Mathematical Sciences and Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematics - 2
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology, Immunology & Virology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neurobiology and Psychology
  • Neuroscience - 2
  • Neuroscience and Public Health
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (Biochemistry)
  • Pharmacology - 2
  • Physical Therapy
  • Professional Studies with concentrations in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology
  • Psychology - 2
  • Public Health - 2
  • Quality Management
  • Statistical Science
  • Unreported - 2

Undergraduate GPA

The average GPA was 3.69.

Domestic Students – State Residence

There are 50 incoming domestic students.

  • California – 4
  • Colorado - 1
  • Connecticut – 2
  • District of Columbia - 1
  • Indiana - 1
  • Massachusetts – 1
  • Maryland – 1
  • Michigan – 1
  • Minnesota - 1
  • New Jersey - 1
  • New York – 23
  • North Carolina - 1
  • Ohio – 2
  • Pennsylvania – 2
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • South Dakota – 1
  • Tennessee – 1
  • Texas – 1
  • Utah – 1
  • Virginia - 2
  • Washington - 1

International Students - Country of Origin

There are 18 incoming international students.

  • Canada
  • China - 12
  • Egypt - 2
  • Jordan
  • Taiwan
  • Zambia

Average GRE Scores

  • Thirty-nine of the 68 incoming students reported scores. The average scores are shown below.

  • Verbal – 82%
  • Quantitative – 74%
  • Analytical – 66%

Average TOEFL Score

Ten of the 18 international students reported scores. The average score was 101.

Additional Degrees

Twenty-two students in the 2020 incoming class hold Master’s degrees or higher.

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 68 incoming students have an average age of 24 years with a range of 20-37 years. 

Race and Ethnicity

The following summarizes how the 50 US Citizens and Permanent Residents in the incoming 2020 class identify their own race and ethnicity:

  • Asian – 2
  • Black or African American – 4
  • White – 39
  • Not Reported – 5

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic – 4

Groups Underrepresented in Science

Nine members (13%) of the incoming 2020 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 of incoming students is the following:

  • Female – 39 incoming students
  • Male – 28 incoming students
  • Unreported – 1

Graduate Programs

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – 5
  • Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology – 2
  • Cell Biology of Disease – 3
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology – 6
  • Epidemiology – 4
  • Genetics, Development and Stem Cells – 7
  • Health Services Research and Policy – 4
  • Immunology, Microbiology and Virology – 10
  • Neuroscience – 15
  • Statistics – 5
  • Toxicology – 5
  • Translational Biomedical Science – 2