Diana Klompstra, Entering Class of 2009

Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina State University

Fellowship: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

Laboratory: Dr. Jeremy Nance

Project: Identifying mechanisms of contact-mediated cell polarization in early embryogenesis

Student Perspective: Choosing a graduate school seemed daunting at first, but after visiting the NYU School of Medicine, I knew this was the place where I wanted to obtain my PhD. The Skirball Institute in particular was a major driving force in my decision. The institute fosters a sense of community, and there is immense interaction among the labs. It also provides a nurturing environment for graduate students. If I ever need help with anything, there's always someone to turn to.