Graduate School, Health Professions, and Career Advising


What do Rhodes Biology graduates do?

54% pursue post graduate degrees. Over the last five years, Biology majors have experienced nearly a 90% acceptance rate into medical schools. Following graduation from Rhodes, students and graduates have gone to a wide variety of medical schools including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Emory, Washington University, University of Texas, University of Tennessee - Memphis, University of Arkansas, University of Alabama - Birmingham and University of Georgia.

36% take full time jobs. Recent graduates have held such positions as Research Assistant and Research Cytotechnologist at University of Tennessee, Lab Technician at St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital, Environmental Manager of Lehman Robert Company and Physical Therapy Technician at Campbell Clinic.

Graduates have pursued many other health related postgraduate degrees in the fields of research, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacology and nursing. Institutions attended for these fields of study include Washington University, University of South Alabama, Oklahoma State University, Miami University and William and Mary.

Other graduates attend graduate programs in fields such as Botany, Zoology, Marine Sciences and Cell Biology. Institutions attended for these fields of study include Ohio State University, University of Rhode Island, University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Cornell and University of Colorado.

10% take positions outside of their field of study.


Health Professions Advising

Rhodes provides a comprehensive Health Professions Advising service, directed by Biology Department member Dr. Alan Jaslow.  Visit the HPA website for information.


Graduate School Advising

While individual members of the department often advise majors interested in graduate school in biology, Dr. Terry Hill coordinates information and programs of special interest to such students.  Much of this information may be found by following the links below.

General Information on Grad School Planning

University of Texas -- site on grad school planning
"The Graduate School Process" -- excellent and far-ranging information from Samford University

Information on Specific Graduate Schools

Peterson′s Guide -- Grad school info, some job listings, GRE prep, etc.
U.S. News & World Report -- grad school rankings, career choice info, etc. -- searchable index to grad programs

Applications and Financial Aid

Tips on how to write a grad school essay Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- financial aid information

National Fellowships

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities -- administered by the National Research Council
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Information

GRE FAQ′s -- general info on the GRE
GRE online -- the official GRE site
A number of commercial exam preparation services are available for students who would benefit from a stuctured review process.  Some of their web sites include practice exams.  However, it is our policy not to link, endorse or advertise those sites here.

Life as a Graduate Student

Stanford site on grad student survival

Essays, Opinions, and Stats on Scientific Careers, Salaries, Job Prospects, etc.

"Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers" -- NSF report
"Publish or Perish?" -- an essay on scientific productivity and its importance to a scientific career
Occupational Outlook Handbook -- governmental stats on predicted demands in various areas
"Science′s Next Wave" -- AAAS site with a wide range of info -- grants, career advice, salaries, etc.

Undergraduate Research Registry

The Council on Undergraduate Research has established a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience who wish to pursue an advanced degree and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in nearly all the fields of science that are supported at NSF.

Any undergraduate may go to to fill out a simple registration form. There is no charge to the student.