If your passion is learning about science and medicine for the next decade, and getting paid to do it, MSTP is the solution for you. What could be better than sharing microscope images or nifty bar charts on Thursday night while eating Indian food? At Wash U, you get the added benefit of having a large MSTP so you can meet people who are unique in almost every way, except for a shared passion for research. Having a well-endowed program means you get lots of chances to rub shoulders with faculty members and physicianscientists, people who have already traversed the path you hope to travel. And with so many researchers around, if you have an interest in a subject, chances are someone’s already working on it (and is more than happy to talk to you).

— Deng P., M1