Being a part of the MMG program has solidified my college experience. From the first day I transferred into the program I was welcomed with open arms and unbelievable support. The small class size and close-knit atmosphere of the department allowed me to become great friends with so many other students despite being a transfer student. Having professors that believe in you, know you both on an academic and personal level, and will go out of their way to ensure you succeed is invaluable. I could never thank the MMG faculty enough for all they have done for me and all the wonderful support I have gotten. During some of the toughest times of my life, it was always a member of MMG willing to go that extra mile to help me in any way possible. I have been given opportunities to be a teaching assistant, intern, participate in undergraduate research and take some of the best classes at UVM that I know I wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of if I wasn’t in MMG. The classes are always my favorite and they make me excited about learning. As a double major, I have found my home here, and I am so sad to leave it behind but thankful that the curriculum has set me up for success in my future. There is no better department and no better set of faculty than in MMG and I am so honored to call myself an alumna.
Alyssa (Double major in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics), graduated 2013
Ramiro, a native of Costa Rica, graduated with a double major in Computer Science and pure Mathematics from the University of Costa Rica, and then decided to try to find the meaning of life in a small Buddhist center in Shelburne, Vermont. Eventually he met Dr. Jeff Bond and started working for him as a bioinformatics programmer. He loved it. During that time, he learned a lot more about molecular biology, and about the use of quantitative/computational methods in research.