New Students Look Ahead to MBP Journey

Find out what first-quarter students are looking forward to about MBP and how they think the program will prepare them to work in biotech.

Northwestern Engineering's Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP) welcomed a new class of students this quarter. Before they got too far along in their studies, several took a few moments to share what appealed to them about the program, what they're looking forward to about MBP, and how it will prepare them professionally after graduation.   

What was it about MBP that initially appealed to you? 

"The program's focus on research and our internship, as well as the faculty's passion for what they teach." - Hannah Cook 

"I really liked that the program offered hands-on experience through research and internship opportunities. I was very interested in the courses that MBP had to offer. I also liked that we were able to see how past alumni have prospered since their time at Northwestern." - Hanin Abuzer 

"The flexibility it offers in the selection of a wide variety of courses." - Mahanash Kumar Belathur Shekar Kumar  

"Research and career opportunities like jobs and internships." - Diya Goyal 

What are you most looking forward to about your MBP experience? 

"I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge in the field of biotechnology, as well as learning from and working with world-class intellectuals." - Cook  

"I am looking forward to learning more about the various fields of biotechnology and how production works. Although I am looking forward to working in an R&D position, I’m excited to learn about the business aspects of biotech. I am also looking forward to researching in a lab and getting closer with my cohort." - Abuzer  

"Getting to know my cohort and gaining new perspectives on biotechnology." - Pornchanan (Cherlyn) Pholraksa  

In what ways do you think MBP will prepare you for what you want to do professionally after graduation? 

"The focus of the program on making us well rounded professionals and the in-depth knowledge the program provides will more than adequately prepare me for a career in industry." - Cook 

 "MBP will give me the hands-on skills that I need in an industry position. Northwestern also has very strong ties with multiple biotechnology companies, which will help me further. I also think MBP will help push me out of my comfort zone and get me used to public presentations as well as critically synthesizing on the spot. The professional development course will help set me up for success after graduation." - Abuzer 

"It will equip me with the knowledge and skills specifically in genomics and biomedical domain. Also I am looking to explore synthetic biology and its career prospects." - Goyal  

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