Student outside Weiskotten Hall

The College of Graduate Studies provides you with maximum choice in selecting a research specialization, giving you a full year to choose the topic and mentor for your dissertation research.

During that year, you learn about research at SUNY Upstate through faculty presentations and lab rotations, and study a core curriculum designed to give you a broad-based education in the biomedical sciences.

Students start taking advanced courses in the spring of their first year and begin work on their dissertation projects at the start of the second year.

Our students present their research findings at local, national and international meetings, and publish their work in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

What's the
SUNY Upstate Difference?

Zainab Mansaray

After college, Zainab Mansaray visited half a dozen graduate schools with biomedical sciences programs. When she visited Upstate and saw the opportunity to consistently work one-on-one with a Principal Investigator, it made her decision easier.

"That was the tipping point," Mansaray said. "For graduate school, that's very important. It's a new endeavor, and you need a mentor to go to."

Mansaray's Principal Investigator is Brian Howell PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience and physiology. Howell focuses his research on the molecular and cellular control of neuronal migration.

In her first year as a graduate student at Upstate, Mansaray has worked on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, and on studies on the effects of alcohol on the developing brain. "It's nice to know that we have a broad range of research here," she said. "And different departments talk to each other and collaborate. That happens a lot here."