Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, City College and The Graduate Center
“I think mentoring is one of the most important things to do if one wants to keep a person in science, at all levels: graduate, undergraduate, researcher, even faculty. Everyone needs a certain amount of mentoring.”
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Queens College and The Graduate Center
“I find it tremendously rewarding to mentor our doctoral students. Coming from all over the world, they learn to think critically and creatively, to nurture their excitement about research, to persevere, and to communicate their results effectively to others. A famous example of how a mentor changed someone's life concerns Michael Faraday, a former bookbinder who, after a long apprenticeship with Humphry Davy, became the world's most incisive chemist of the 19th century. We hope our students follow in his footsteps in the 21st century."
Professor and Director of Research and Scholarship, Nursing, Lehman College and Interim Director, Doctor of Nursing Science Program, The Graduate Center
“DNS students profit from the unique nature of the CUNY consortium which allows for collaborative teaching among and between CUNY colleges; I co-teach the philosophy of science with a philosopher from the Graduate Center. Moreover, the program's New York City location attracts national and international nursing scholars as guest lecturers in our classes. And the City's diversity provides the perfect atmosphere for my own research on interventions that reduce risk behaviors in Latino youth."
Marie T. Filbin
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Hunter College and The Graduate Center; Program Director, Specialized Neuroscience Research Program, Hunter College; and Director, Axonal Regeneration Lab
"My work is on nerve regeneration after injury, at the molecular level. Biology and biochemistry graduate students from all over the world go through my lab. Of the thirteen who have already earned their Ph.D.s, two have M.D.s and are doctors in hospitals with small research programs. The majority have gone on to do postdoctoral training at Harvard, Rockefeller, or Columbia. One is a Wall Street analyst of biotechnology stocks; another, an assistant professor in California."
Professor of Social Welfare, Hunter College, and Executive Officer, Doctoral Program in Social Welfare, The Graduate Center
“In a moment when the very idea of social welfare institutions is being challenged, The Graduate Center offers forums for an alternate discourse. This is a discourse about reinvestment in public institutions, new organizational forms, democratic praxis, and political action."
Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre, The Graduate Center
"My goal is to create scholars—not only theatre scholars, scholars, people who think critically, whatever it is they turn to."
Albert Einstein Chair in Science, and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, The Graduate Center
"Mathematics studies the interlocking concepts of number and space: Geometry—distance and curvature in space Probability—volume in space Topology—winding and wrapping in space Group Theory—symmetry in space Number Theory—coordinates in space Quantum Theory or Dynamics—time and space. At The Graduate Center these topics are pursued in long established and lively seminars with essentially these same names. We have a lot of fun."
John M. Tarbell
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, City College and The Graduate Center
"I have spent most of my adult life studying the cardiovascular system from an engineering point of view—trying to understand how the forces of blood-flow influence the biology of vascular cells and the course of vascular diseases. I couldn't have asked for a more rewarding career."
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar, The Graduate Center
“There is much talk of scholars’ doing ‘critical social theory’ but few places where that is pursued together with dedicated political action, toward the goal of transforming not merely the rhetoric of scholarship but our life-conditions. CUNY is such a place, and I am truly grateful to be part of it.”
Stan Ross Professor of Accountancy, Baruch College, and Executive Officer, Doctoral Program in Business, The Graduate Center
“Similar to other leading programs in business, we instill in our students the skills necessary to conduct leading edge research. Students in New York have a competitive advantage since they have access to the business capital of the world and can test their ideas on a full range of management problems."
Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, The Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice
“Working in this most multicultural city in the world is a delight for any sociologist. Teaching students who come from such diverse backgrounds and who have such a wide range of knowledge to contribute, immeasurably adds to the academic experience here at The Graduate Center.”
Najat Al Bashir
Student, Doctoral Program in Biology, The Graduate Center
“We hope that what we are doing on neuronal cell regeneration after spinal cord injury will help people all over the world. There are about 10,000 new spinal cord injuries per year just in the United States. This country is so open, it gives opportunities to everybody. You want to give back when you have a chance.”
Student, Doctoral Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Research Assistant, Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab, The Graduate Center
“The topic of my dissertation is memory processing in children with language impairment. I’m investigating whether the difficulties these children encounter in acquiring and storing words can be attributed to memory deficits.”
Student, Doctoral Program in Social-Personality Psychology, The Graduate Center
“As a young graduate student, you have to learn not to go into research with preconceived ideas. You have your hypothesis. Let it be, but then work with what you find.”
Student, Doctoral Program in Urban Education, The Graduate Center
“What is so attractive about the urban education program here is that it’s not just about schooling. At the center of our inquiry is a concern with improving the life chances of people in poor and working class communities.”
Student, Doctoral Program in French, The Graduate Center
“New York City is an ideal setting for a French program rich in the study of diverse Francophone cultures, history, and language. The relevance of our studies becomes easily apparent in the city streets, where so many Francophone cultures interact every day.”
Student, Doctoral Program in Biology, The Graduate Center
“As a first-year student I was able to work with three different professors in their labs: Jill Bargonetti and David Foster, who both do research on cancer, and Marie Filbin.”
Student, Doctoral Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center
“Professor David Savran has pushed me into the sociology of culture and I’ve really enjoyed that—understanding theatre as a cultural product, especially in New York City, which is a never-ending flow of the new and which pulses with contemporary ideas.”
Student, Doctoral Program in History, The Graduate Center
“I really like the three main things that we’re trained to do: research, write, and teach. I have done them at different times but not all at once. That’s something I’m looking forward to doing.”
Student, Doctoral Program in Sociology, The Graduate Center
“I came to The Graduate Center to study political society, political theory, and mass media in society. One of my research projects examines the ways in which Internet commerce has changed both shopping behaviors and social and political behavior. Without my fellowship, I would need to work twice as many hours outside the classroom just to support myself.”
Student, Doctoral Program in English, The Graduate Center
“I enjoy the student-faculty interaction here. We have the opportunity to spend time with the faculty as almost junior faculty members, especially those of us who teach in CUNY schools.”