At about the same time that Ashley Smart, PhD, was finishing up her doctoral degree in UC San Francisco’s Neuroscience Program in December, she was also wrapping up another training experience: an internship doing scientific illustration — specifically, drawing botanical specimens at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences.
December 14, 2017 — UC San Francisco joined eight other U.S. research universities and a major cancer institute today in announcing plans to give would-be life scientists clear, standardized data on graduate school admissions, education and training opportunities, and career prospects.
According to the UC Office of the President, over 40% of students UC wide sometimes don’t get enough to eat because they simply cannot afford to buy food. At the same time, an estimated 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste, squandering the substantial energy and water resources it takes to produce and transport our food as well.
PhD students tell us that the first two years of graduate school generally go well. It's familiar territory to them — they take classes, do lab rotations, and work on projects under supervision. They regularly turn in assignments and get feedback from instructors, develop their thesis proposals, and prepare for their qualifying exams.