Learn more about the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP). This innovative program provides a structure for comprehensive, interdisciplinary training in modern biomedical sciences, while allowing students maximum flexibility in choosing courses of study, research interests, and thesis advisors.
The DGP has approximately 175 pre-doctoral students representing widely distributed areas of the United States and other countries. DGP students share courses and labs with members of other life science programs at Northwestern. Several students enrolled in the combined MD/PhD degree program receive their graduate training in the DGP. The Chicago campus is also home to more than 200 postdoctoral fellows.
Learn more about the program via the links below.
- Admissions and Application
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- Courses and Curriculum
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- Financial Support
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- Interview Weekend Details
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- Frequently Asked Questions
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Typically, DGP graduates go on to postdoctoral work to continue their training in preparation for careers in research at universities or in industry. However, several students each year choose less "traditional" career paths, including business, teaching, law, medicine, consulting, and scientific writing. View DGP programs in Professional Development here.
Chicago Graduate Student Association
Our program is helped form the Chicago Graduate Student Association (CGSA). The CGSA elects officers, serves as a student advocate with the University administration, organizes monthly seminar programs, and initiates myriad social events including parties, dances, and trips to professional sporting events.