Student Testimonials

BBS Class of 2006, Cell Biology

Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Elenoe (Crew) Smith, Ph.D.

One of my undergraduate faculty advisers suggested that I apply to Yale University for graduate study not only because of their tradition in academic excellence, but also their commitment to diversifying the next generation of scientists. Being one of four blacks to join the incoming class of 2006, I was initially doubtful of the support available to underrepresented minorities. These concerns were erased within a few weeks. Yale University has both administrative offices and institutionally supported student organizations that are dedicated to providing diversity students with social activities to foster community and formal outlets for discussing issues of particular concern for underrepresented minorities in science. Overall, I could not have asked for a better graduate school experience and hope that others also are able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by and through Yale University.

Crew Smith

BBS Class of 2006, Immunobiology

Immunobiology Research Fellow

Department of Radiation Oncology Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School


Dennis Jones, Ph.D.

Yale has a tight-knit community of minority students. Among us, there is much diversity. Each person took a unique path to Yale. Each person brings a variety of cultural perspectives that enriches us collectively. Yet, science is the common theme that unites us. Everyone is self-motivated to “change the world” by curing the disease that interests them the most, one experiment at a time, as we quickly found out. It is inspiring to see other minorities who are on the path toward their career aspirations, yet whom are very willing to share resources to ensure that others can maximize their potential also. I always felt that the environment amongst us was collaborative, not competitive. This was important in terms of being able to share scientific ideas and receive critical feedback. Having attended a historically black college for undergraduate study, being a minority at Yale was a different, yet equally rewarding experience that I cherish.

Dennis Jones

BBS Class of 2007, Microbiology

6th Year Student

Camille Hardiman

I am a 6th year Microbiology student in Craig Roy's lab, and could not have gotten to this point without the helpful and collaborative dynamic in the BBS program. When I first arrived, I met classmates from backgrounds both similar and different to mine, colleagues that have turned into close and trusted friends. In the BBS there is programming that supports cross-departmental and inter-year interaction, which has been crucial for forming a personal support network. I have also worked with other underrepresented graduate students to use our experience to give back to our communities. While a BBS student, I have had the chance to test my limits as a scientist in a rewarding, challenging, and enriching environment.

Camille Hardiman

BBS Class of 2008, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

5th Year Student
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Phil McCown

I am deeply honored for being here at Yale and within BBS. So much of modern biological science has been developed or evolved here; the lessons and knowledge discovered here reverberates through the lectures, the seminars, the talks, and in the very labs where key aspects of modern biology were revealed. As a Native American, I am grateful for the ability to conduct cutting edge biological research that will make a difference in the world. There is no other place I would rather be than here in BBS and Yale.

Phil McCown

BBS Class of 2009, Cell Biology

4th Year Student

Linette Bosques

During my junior year in college, I had the opportunity to conduct biomedical research at Yale as part of a summer program for underrepresented students. This research experience was the highlight of my undergraduate career allowing me to further develop my critical thinking skills and gain a deeper appreciation for scientific research. It also made it evident that Yale was the perfect place for me to fulfill my dream of becoming a scientist. However, I was quite intimidated when it was time for me to leave my island of Puerto Rico and move to such an intellectually rich and challenging environment like Yale. I am now a 4th year graduate student in Dr. Gary Kupfer’s lab and coming to Yale has been one of the most influential experiences of my life. I have worked with a diverse group of research scientists that has offered me the technical skills as well as the mentorship and guidance essential for my development as a scientist. The willingness of Yale’s scientists to collaborate has been of utmost importance for my graduate training. Overall, I am extremely grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from my faculty mentors and advisor, fellow classmates, and friends.

Linette Bosques

BBS Class of 2009, Genetics

4th Year Student
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Monica Bowen

Great science happens here, and graduate students really are allowed to run with their imaginations in a setting guided by great mentors who have the world at their fingertips. What most impresses me about the BBS program, and the Genetics Department in particular, is how approachable the faculty are, and how committed and enthusiastic they are about their areas of study. There is a great sense of camaraderie and I immediately felt that I was a member of this institution. I have joined a university, a program, a department, a lab, where people are as invested as I am in both my scientific development and my well-being. Finding such support on so many levels is a rare and wonderful thing.

Monica Bowen

BBS Class of 2011, Experimental Pathology

2nd Year Student

Lauren Moore

I am a second year student in the Experimental Pathology department and I feel honored to be a part of the BBS student community at an institution were so many great scientists were trained. Every day I am excited and grateful to have the opportunity to conduct innovative biomedical research that may truly make a difference in the lives of actual patients. I believe that Yale has a strong sense of community among graduate students and faculty and this supportive community fosters both innovation and collaborations that really enrich the scientific research. Through my training here at Yale I know that I will be thoroughly prepared to have an amazing career in the sciences and I hope to make many important scientific discoveries and contribute to the great legacy of this institution.

Lauren Moore