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Student Research Day 2023

10 Great Reasons to Choose Upstate


Outstanding Research

Creating a world-class research enterprise that supports biomedical research innovation, development and entrepreneurship, improving the health and well-being of the world’s people while training the next generation of scientific innovators.


State-of-the-Art Academic Facilities

Core research facilities and resources are essential to maintaining internationally recognized faculty research projects, increasing extramural funding, and providing modern graduate education and faculty recruitment and retention.


Basic Science and Clinically-Oriented Research

Upstate boasts basic and clinical researchers with diverse expertise in neuroscience, molecular genetics, genomics, epigenetics, structural biology, infectious disease, and behavior disorders. This allows students the opportunity to perform research in a wide range of research areas and easily collaborate when new expertise is needed.


Comprehensive Core Curriculum

Ph.D .students, in particular, have great flexibility in charting their future. As part of the curriculum, they are exposed to a variety of research projects before choosing which program will ultimately bestow their degree.


Outstanding Individualized Support and Advisement

Your academic success is our highest priority. There are several resources that can assist you to make the most of your Upstate experience.


Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

The student/mentor relationship is the essence of graduate training at Upstate. Our graduate students and principal investigators interact daily.


Close-Knit Community

Hear what our students say about their experience at SUNY Upstate


Tuition Waiver and Competitive Stipend

Ph.D. students receive a competitive 12-month stipend and a full-tuition scholarship. By receiving stipends, Ph.D. students become part of the SUNY Graduate Student Employees Union, which provides periodic and automatic increases in stipend awards in addition to other benefits, including a low-cost health care package.


Career Development Support

The College of Graduate Studies is continually striving to incorporate more formal career development events for our students through workshops and more.


Vibrant International Community and Global Ambassadors

The Global Ambassadors Program was created to connect prospective international students that are thinking of applying, in the process of applying, or accepted to the PhD program to connect with current students in the College of Graduate Studies here at SUNY Upstate.