Graduate and Professional Schools Attended by 2002-2014 Vagelos Scholars Graduates - Total: 175 in 13 years
|Ph.D. Programs (66)||M.D. Programs (69)||M.D.+Ph.D. (24)|
Albany Medical College
Includes: * 1 Gates-Cambridge Scholar; ** 1 Fulbright Scholar; † 1 Churchill Scholar
Other Grad: (8)
Bradford MS (went on to Penn State PhD)
Colorado MS (went on to UC Irvine Medical School)
Penn MPA, MSEd
UConn MA (went on to Notre Dame PhD)
Deloitte Consultant (went on to Yale MBA)
Harvard Research Assistant
Penn Research Assistant (3)
IMC Financial Markets Analyst
Graduate and Professional Schools Attended by 2011-2013 Vagelos Scholars Graduates (Past 3 years)
|Ph.D. Programs (16)||M.D. Programs (11)||M.D.+Ph.D. (9)|
Currently on hiatus before graduate school (7):
Class of 2013 (3): NIH (1), Other (2)
Class of 2012 (4): Bain & Co. (1), Teach for America (1), Other (2)
The above parallels our experience with the very successful College Biochemistry Program, which has been offered for over thirty years. Our students complete their education in the very best Ph.D. programs, M.D. programs or combined degree programs.
Roy Vagelos himself earned his B.A. in our department in 1950 after which he had a very successful career in science and business.
Historically, of seven science Nobel Prize laureates who earned degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, five earned degrees from the Chemistry Department. Two received B.A. degrees in Chemistry, followed by M.D.s at Penn: M. S. Brown (B.A., 1962; M.D., 1966) and S. B. Prusiner (B.A., 1964, M.D., 1968). Christian Afinsen earned a master's degree in Chemistry (1939), and two earned Ph.D's in Chemistry, Negishi (1963) and Zewail (1974).
In this context, David Baltimore (Nobel Prize in Medicine,1975; also past President of both the Rockefeller University and the California Institute of Technology), while an undergraduate at Swarthmore College (a highly regarded four-year liberal arts college near Philadelphia), did his honors thesis research in the laboratories of two Penn Chemistry faculty in 1960.
Our vision is that Vagelos Scholars will seek novel research paths. Molecular life sciences are broader than today's views of the biosphere: agriculture, medicine, earth sciences and psychology. Today's examples of molecular life sciences include: use of molecular machines from organisms of volcanic hot springs and oceanic thermal vents to sequence DNA to be assembled by mathematical algorithms -- a short cut to the genome project, merely a large molecular structure determination. Use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the relation of language acquisition and anatomic location in the human brain -- a process that uses the physics of the atomic nucleus to monitor changes in chemical environment of molecules in the brain which are localized and mapped by mathematical algorithms. This will become the basis of psychology and linguistics in the future.