Meet Our Alumni
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai — New York, New York
"Duke's undergraduate research initiatives are so supportive and instructive for young trainees, and I would highly suggest making use of these opportunities, no matter what field!"
Duke University, Cognitive Neuroscience Program
"While it might not feel like it, there are countless opportunities for you to influence the health and lives of others without earning an MD."
Doctoral Student, University of Chicago — Chicago, Illinois
"The strong emphasis the Duke biology department put on reading and discussing primary literature has helped me in my class work and in my research."
Graduate Student, California State University, Dominguez Hills — Carson, California
"Students should know that the program will require dedication and strong work ethic, but can be very rewarding and be a great start to a number of varied career paths."
PhD program, Vanderbilt University
"My biology degree more than prepared me for the rigor of the classes at Vanderbilt."
MD, Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, Illinois
"(Duke Biology) gave me an edge with med school applications."
Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Science University — Portland, OR
"(My Duke Biology major) has helped me pursue my medical career."
Deloitte Consulting LLP — New York, New York
"Biology allowed me to develop a scientific approach to problem solving."
Medical Student, Emory School of Medicine — Atlanta, Georgia
"Through the intensive basic science courses, such as Molecular Biology and Genetics, I was able to build a solid foundation for the learning I would do a few years down the road in medical school."
Student, University of Buckingham Medical School — United Kingdom
"Sound foundation of biological sciences and learning how to write scientific papers made the transition into medical school much easier."
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine — Rochester, Minnesota
"Seek out faculty and graduate student mentors at Duke. They are inevitably thought leaders in their field, and will be vital to launching your career in science."
Emergency Management Specialist, Centers fo Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
"Don't shut yourself off to courses or research that may not "fit" with the path you've laid out for yourself because you never know what new experiences may spark within you."
Resident Physician in Internal Medicine, Atlantic Health System, Summit, NJ
"Being a Biology graduate prepared me for medical school courses and research methods concepts which were also important for Master in Public Health coursework."
Medical Student, University of Kentucky College of Medicine — Lexington, Kentucky
"...Duke allowed me to craft my own path and combine my interests."
Senior Env. Analyst, Entergy — New Orleans, LA
"Studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica helped me prepare for my environmental masters degree."
Tiba Health — Durham, North Carolina
"You are never just constrained to conventional biology studies if you look around!"
Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Program, Weill Cornell/Sloan-Kettering/Rockefeller University
"Based on what you learn in the textbook, ask questions until you start to appreciate how much we really don't know and still have yet to learn and discover."
University of Central Florida
"During my BS in Duke Biology, I learned skills that gave me the equivalent of a Masters at many other institutions!"
Plastic Surgery Resident, Washington University / Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, Missouri
"The challenging coursework required for a Duke biology degree pushed me beyond rote memorization and mandated that I develop creativity to apply principles to novel never-seen-before situations."
Instructor, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
"Challenge and indulge yourself as an undergraduate."