Student Testimonials

“When Andy Winter talks about the prospect of continuing his education at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one word comes to mind: excitement. Although he has spent the last year and a half on the CU Anschutz campus, Winter wants nothing more than to stay put.

This fall, Winter will graduate from the Graduate School with a master of science degree in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology.

“I knew that graduate school was in my future,” he said. “But, I wasn’t sure about jumping right into a program. So I worked in industry microbiology after finishing my undergraduate degree in biotechnology and microbiology.”…

…CU Anschutz was an attractive choice for Winter because of the numerous areas of research expertise on campus.

He also found the master’s program in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology (BSBT) at CU Anschutz especially appealing because it afforded him a flexible curriculum. He was able to navigate and sample any of the scientific disciplines CU Anschutz has to offer.”

— Andy Winter, MS (2017) | Graduating student finds his passion at CU Anschutz by Blair Ilsley, CU Anschutz Today

“Before I joined the BSBT Program, I was working a scientific job that I enjoyed, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it into a career.  The academic training and professional tools I learned as a graduate student helped me find a gratifying, challenging, and exciting career in the professional sciences.  There is no doubt that the degree I earned makes me stand out in a crowded field and enhances my ability to succeed in every role.”

— Gabriel Wolfson, MS (2017)

“I think the Plus courses are very important overall to our professional development, as well as group and individual meetings that emphasize professional skills [ ]. The writing course was probably my favorite class of the program and was a huge help for me, and my supervisors even noticed a tangible improvement in my writing after taking it (and I had considered myself to be a “pretty good” writer beforehand) [ ]. Overall, Plus courses are a very important part of the curriculum though and do help distinguish us from other science programs. Career-focused lectures and meetings are also very useful to students.

Inge and Kenton are wonderful. They individually cared for our needs, advocated for us and listened carefully to what we said during meetings. I always felt heard and was able to get an individual meeting in pretty quickly with them when needed, even though both of them are very busy [ ].

I was able to make friends and felt a sense of community in my cohort. I worked full-time while doing the program, so I was not able to go to all of the meetings or hang out with other students as often as I otherwise would, but I was still able to make friends or at least acquaintances within my cohort.

Overall, I’m super happy with BSBT and would recommend it to a variety of people in different stages of their careers. You can really get a lot of different skills out of it, and like anything it is what you make of it. If you put a lot of work in, try to network and get to know people well, and really listen to advice from various mentors it can be a big game changer. The professors I know who have worked with BSBT students all have glowing comments to say as well. One common theme they comment on is the professionalism and diverse range of knowledge that BSBT students express.”

— Liz Terhune, MS (2018)

“The variety of courses and flexibility of electives choice were the reasons I was so attracted to the BSBT Masters program in the first place. I had recently graduated and had no idea which direction I wanted to take my career. During my two years in the program, I was able to explore my interests and see what careers I would be interested in (and those that I was NOT interested in). I found the “plus courses” incredibly valuable; I cannot count how many times I use skills that I picked up in the writing or drug discovery classes. Although I am not interested in creating my own biotech business, I feel like I have an advantage over my peers because I know the ins and outs of the patent process and intellectual property as a whole. I think that the internship was especially important for me; I had no prior lab experience and was feeling professionally “behind” my classmates. I believe that the lab experience I gained via the internship allowed me to catch up with my peers and I learned techniques that I am still using in my employment.

I felt a strong sense of kinship between my fellow BSBT students. The small cohort size fosters a sense of community and responsibility to help one another through difficult times, whether it be related to learning or one’s personal life; I still keep in touch with many of my fellow BSBT graduates and have even developed mentor-like relationships with the newer group of students.”

— Kendra Dehay, MS (2017)

“I will be pursuing a PhD in Pharmacology. During this program, I am interested in utilizing the power of statistical and bioinformatics approaches that complement molecular biology lab techniques to understand how cancers become resistant in patients in hopes of developing new therapies and assays. My original plan was MD PhD but decided to focus on the research aspect patient care. Through this program, I became interested in drug development and clinical trials design and after completing my PhD, I hope to help companies get their investigational therapies into and through clinical trial stages.”

— Christophe Langouet Astrie, MS (2018)

Go West: Grad reflects on academic journey Beginning her career, Ilsley looks back fondly on her time at CU Anschutz

— Blair Iisley, MS (2018)