The MMG department at UVM is superior compared to other programs at this school. The small size of the department is not a deterrent; I believe it’s a major point of strength. You get to know the faculty and students in the program, which provides a sense of community, something that would otherwise be lost if someone were in a larger department with hundreds of other students. The MMG department also has strong ties to other departments, such as the biochemistry and the biology department, which allows for a lot of great collaboration. The classes may sometimes be challenging, but they are rewarding, and the material learned is all very important and invaluable. In sum, MMG is a fantastic department and major, and would benefit anyone with an interest in science.
Nathan graduated from Trinity College in 2006, with a BS in biology. He was then forced to choose between continuing his education, or becoming a professional rodeo clown. When asked to comment, he replied, "It was the best decision of my life." He entered the PhD program in the fall of 2007 with broad interests that encompass cell signalling, cancer biology, and protein function.