Ten Reasons to do Graduate Studies in Utah
1. World-class research
Utah is recognized as a leader in many areas of molecular and cellular biology. For example, gene mapping and gene knockout/replacement were both developed here, making Utah a center for gene discovery and functional analysis. Bioscience faculty member, Mario Cappecchi won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his work in knockout mice in 2007.
2. Diverse graduate students
We do world class research because we have a great community of students, post-docs, and faculty, each with a diverse background. Over 450 students have received the PhD degree in the two programs since their inception in 1987 (Molecular Biology) and 1991 (Biological Chemistry).
3. Superb graduate training
Utah faculty show their commitment to graduate training through both teaching and mentorship. Students are offered excellent core courses and advanced courses that cover a broad range of disciplines. Faculty also serve on advisory committees that monitor student progress and help promote the student to graduation. Moreover, because of the highly collaborative nature of the science community at the University of Utah, students have many opportunities for truly interdisciplinary training.
4. Interactive academic environment
There are many formalized interactions between students lab groups and departments including journal clubs, specialized research interest groups, seminar series, all of which provide venues for collaboration and brainstorming.
Utah is consistently ranked as one of the best-funded public research Universities in the country. Utah has exceptional core facilities that can make a big difference in students progress, including DNA sequencing, oligo synthesis, DNA microarray, microscopy, protein-interaction, flow cytometry, metabolomics, bioinformatics and biostatistics.
6. Free public transportation
Students can ride public transportation for free with their student IDs. A wide network of transit options make transportation throughout Salt Lake City County an easy place to navigate.
7. Best snow on earth
Powder to the people! Seven world-class ski resorts are within 30 minutes of the University, nestled in the Wasatch Mountain canyons. Ski buses provide easy access to several resorts.
8. Mountain biking and hiking
Utah is a great place for slickrock biking and hiking, and the state has hundreds of miles of trails through mountains, canyons, and deserts. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a 5 minute walk from campus. Utah is home to Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and five spectacular National Parks, more than any other state: Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Zion. An array of canyon roads offer wonderful opportunities for canyon cycling.
9. Cultural activities
Salt Lake City has a nationally-recognized symphony, dance companies, theater, and Utah Jazz basketball. The internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival occurs annually in Park City. Various cultural festivals throughout the year offer inexpensive opportunities to enjoy food, entertainment, and art.
10. Great lifestyle
Salt Lake City has a very reasonable cost of living, and has been rated the Most Desirable Place to Live by many prominent magazines.
Things to do
Festivals and Events
Pioneer Day (also Pie-N-Beer Day) - July 24
Lagoon - amusement park
Olympic Park - summer and winter activities
Seven Peaks - water park
Wendover - fun bus, gambling
Brewvies Cinema Pub - movies and beer
*Many festivals, events, and museums are free or offer student discounts.
Music and Culture
*Many Salt Lake City music and theater offer student discounts.
*Rentals available at Student Life Center
Travel and Transportation
Food and Nightlife