PhD Candidate: MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography

Cynthia Becker (she/her)
Class of 2017
Double Major: Biology, B.S and Music, B.A.


What did you do during your time at IC?

Research experience, played in IC music ensembles

What have you been doing since you graduated IC?

Graduate school in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography - I study coral reef microbial ecology!

How do you feel IC prepared you for your career?

IC prepared me well for my career. I especially appreciate the mentorship and research experience IC provided. If it were not for Te-Wen Lo's advice and help on applications to summer research experiences, I would not be in the graduate school I am in today!

What is one thing you love about IC Biology?

I LOVE the professors in IC biology. I think the professors are what make that department so special. They are all so approachable, yet do incredible research. On top of that, they are top-notch instructors. I thoroughly feel the IC biology department is a hidden gem at IC with incredible faculty and research opportunities.