Research Topic(s): The effects of eye illnesses on social behavior in animals
“I would suggest anyone looking into graduate schools
Apr 06 2006Biology
I would suggest anyone looking into graduate schools to look beyond the MCDB program at UCSB. People are friendly and the atmosphere is easy going, but those are about the only "pros." The "cons" are much more numerous. Very little funding plagues the research. Politics between faculty is disappointing especially when considering what could be accomplished if the facutly with similiar reasearch interests worked together. The lax attitude about research makes you wonder how much people at UCSB care about producing real quality science. The department does not care at all about the well being of the students or their education. They only want to APPEAR like they are a caring, productive school. I have spent time at other universities, and this one is inferior - simply put. If you want a graduate school where you do more TAing than research, and have to continually deal with lazy faculty, then come here. If you want to have an active role in meaningful reasearch, and want training to become a competitive scientist in your field of interest, then go somewhere, anywhere else.
I am a graduate student at UCSB. This is a dream university for research. Great social life. People are cool and friendly. Lots of parties / clubs. Great professors, all oriented towards research. If you are aiming for creative research, this is arguably the best college in US. Espacially for graduate school. The only thing I don't like is the work-out center, it is real old, don't know why they aren't buying some brand new machines. It has pools + beach with a surf point, though. Which is quite cool.
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