The David Rockefeller Graduate Program

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Student Life

Highlights

Campus Overview

Rockefeller's 14 acres and 22 buildings, set along the East River, serve as its students' home base for their scientific explorations. Nearly all students, along with most postdocs and many faculty, live on or adjacent to campus, and their proximity keeps the grounds — and many of the labs — buzzing with activity late into the night. Because science isn't only about lab work, the university offers numerous spaces for impromptu conversations that spur creative thought. For more than 50 years, the university's Faculty and Students Club has been a relaxed setting for interactions among scientists of all ages and disciplines.

The campus also offers athletic facilities — including a fitness center and tennis and squash courtsa full cafeteria, dining room and coffee cafe, a student lounge, a child care facility, campus-wide wireless internet access, an impressive art collection and numerous places, both indoor and out, to simply sit and think. The university's library, which maintains an extensive archive of books and journals and provides campuswide online access to over 50 electronic databases was recently renovated and provides new indoor and outdoor spaces for reading and study as well as meeting areas, a computer facility and a coffee room.


Housing

Subsidized housing for all Ph.D. students is guaranteed. Accommodations include studios with kitchenettes, double and triple suites with shared kitchens and one-bedroom apartments. M.D.-Ph.D. students spend their first five years in Cornell University housing, then live in Rockefeller housing for the duration of the program. Like the laboratories, all on-campus student rooms have high-speed internet access. Current rents range from $585 to $855 a month.


Lecture Series

The university's Caspary Auditorium hosts several lecture series that bring in the world's foremost scientists and thinkers for lectures and informal conversations. In addition to twice-weekly scientific lectures (Rockefeller faculty speak on Mondays, acclaimed researchers from outside institutions speak on Fridays) the university's Insight Lecture Series brings speakers in public health, policy, arts and humanities.


International Students

The Office of Immigration and Academic Appointments provides immigration services to international students, faculty, researchers and visiting scholars, as well as members of their immediate families. The staff will advise international students and scholars on obtaining and maintaining lawful status while at the University. Additionally, all international students receive a stipend and health insurance from the university.


Sustainability

Rockefeller is dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment by integrating principles of sustainable development into all daily operations, process, and decisions whenever possible. Sustainability efforts have been a priority in the areas of Recycling, Campus Grounds, Food Services, Energy Conservation and Construction on campus. Additionally, the Sustainability Committee provides a variety of information via the Green Tip of the Month. Past tips and initiatives include Plastic in the Lab, Green Cleaning Tips, E-Waste Recycling and the Pipette Tip Box Recycling Program.


WISeR (Women in Science at Rockefeller)

WiSeR to provides a platform for professional development and career guidance for young female scientists at The Rockefeller University. WiSeR aims to achieve its goals through focused group discussions, mentoring/advisory opportunities, career workshops, and networking events. WiSeR values equal participation and open intellectual inquiry.

WISeR was founded in 2013 by three Rockefeller postdocs who wanted to create a stronger, more supportive, and more collaborative community of women in all disciplines of science. WISeR is open to all grad students, postdocs, research assistants, and research associates.