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From judging local science fairs to volunteering at the
annual Community Day, the Tufts biology department
provides me with a variety of opportunities for connecting
with the local community, teaching biology, and sharing
my research. —Rachael Bonoan, Ph.D. candidate
The many research and teaching activities of the department
combine to create a lively, congenial, and interactive group of
faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows who enjoy a stimulating
and productive research environment. The biology department is
located in modern buildings on the Medford campus of Tufts
University. Research equipment and facilities are state of the art
for the specialties represented by our faculty. Most of the faculty
support their research and that of their students with grants
awarded by various federal agencies and private foundations.
Beginning in their second year, graduate students present an annual research seminar to update their research progress and to gain experience in formal presentation of their work. Training in communicating research is an important aspect of our training program. Students obtain support and feedback on their seminars, and we offer a course on Science Communication (Bio 292).
The Biology department faculty are educators as well as researchers, and the graduate students benefit from this expertise. Graduate students serving as teaching assistants have the opportunity to take a course on teaching and pedagogy to improve their skills, or to become involved with upper level courses in their area of expertise. The university offers a 1 month summer program for graduate students interested in contributing to course design and honing their teaching skills (GIFT, Graduate Institute For Teaching) that many of our students have participated in.
The Boston area is noted for its rich intellectual life, and especially for the high concentration of universities, colleges, medical schools, teaching hospitals, research institutions, and other scientific and technological enterprises. Students have nearly unlimited opportunities to tap into these diverse resources as they pursue programs of study in biology. The Tufts University collaborative community alone includes separate schools of biomedical sciences, nutrition, medicine, veterinary medicine, and dental medicine. Other Tufts resources include the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy. Graduate students in biology may take courses for credit at any of these Tufts divisions and also at other universities in our graduate school consortium (Boston College, Brandeis University, Boston University).
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