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large vs. small school

Theresa C. Swayne tcs6 at columbia.edu
Mon Nov 28 17:54:26 EST 1994

I would recommend Reed College as a fine example of a small, 
undergraduate, research-oriented school.  Everyone writes a senior 
thesis, and there are opportunities for additional research for those who 
want it.  Although actual summer jobs in labs are not plentiful, because 
the labs are small, you will never have trouble getting time with professors.

No TA's either -- all classes are taught by professors.  Typical 
upper-division biology course is 20-50 students.

I graduated from Reed in 91 and got nothing but good feedback about it 
from prospective grad schools.

Research experience is important -- but also consider whether you are 
given a chance to learn how to design and carry out experiments, not just 
use the equipment.

Theresa C. Swayne
Columbia University Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
tcs6 at columbia.edu

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