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Graduate Students Accept Scripps Florida Offer in Record Numbers

Large Percentage of Entering Class Comes from Florida Universities

LA JOLLA, CA, May 12, 2008—A record number of new graduate students have selected Scripps Florida, a division of The Scripps Research Institute, as their school of choice to pursue their doctoral degrees.

"This year we made offers to a dozen students and received acceptances from nine – an unprecedented response," said William R. Roush, associate dean for the Scripps Florida graduate school program, as well as professor of chemistry and executive director of medicinal chemistry at Scripps Florida.

Of the nine new students, four come from Florida universities and colleges – the University of Miami; Florida State University; the University of Florida; and the New College of Florida.

"The quality of these new students is exceptional," Roush said. "These are students who could have gone to any school they wanted, and chose to come to Scripps Florida. This speaks not only to the quality of Florida's undergraduate education, but also to the growing reputation of Scripps Florida as one of the best locations in the country to complete graduate studies."

The Scripps Florida graduate program, part of The Scripps Research Institute's Kellogg School of Science and Technology, offers a doctoral program with an emphasis on chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics, and the biological sciences. The program, first established in 1989, is conducted at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and in Jupiter, Florida. Total enrollment is approximately 250 Ph.D. candidates.

To date, three Ph.D. students have graduated from the Scripps Florida campus, which has been operational for only three years; 12 are currently enrolled in the program, which generally takes from five to six years to complete.

With advanced classroom technology available at Scripps Florida, students share courses and conduct research collaborations with their counterparts in California, Roush said.

"Scripps Florida offers graduate students the best opportunities anywhere in the world," he said. "The new research buildings under construction are a visible sign of the commitment of the State of Florida and The Scripps Research Institute to creating an exciting environment devoted to top-notch science. It's a win-win situation for everybody."

A Community of Scholars

Graduate students in the Scripps Florida program have the opportunity to select a research mentor from among a group of outstanding faculty, who were recruited to Scripps Florida from leading state, national and international research institutions. The integration of academic research with programs in drug discovery and advanced technology provide a unique opportunity for students to identify cutting-edge research challenges. As a result, they graduate as professional scientists with a unique perspective on the translation of academic discoveries to the public sector, and the interplay of biological and chemical sciences in those discoveries.

"Our reputation as a first-rate research institute has significant meaning because of the remarkable quality of our faculty and the resources we make available to our students," Roush said. "This is a community of scholars, a place where there are no barriers to doing groundbreaking research."

The quality of the Scripps Research graduate program has been widely recognized by independent sources. For one, U.S. News & World Report, which periodically reviews the nation's colleges, has ranked The Scripps Research Institute among the best graduate schools in the country. In the biological sciences, the magazine ranks Scripps Research seventh in the nation; in chemistry, sixth. The program is at no cost to the students, who are provided with a stipend to cover living and other expenses.

On both coasts, the Scripps Research Institute's staff includes about 225 professors, 800 postdoctoral fellows, 750 laboratory technicians, and 800 administrative services employees. The faculty includes 19 members of the National Academy of Sciences and three Nobel laureates.

About the Kellogg School of Science and Technology

In 1989, The Scripps Research Institute extended its reputation for excellence in basic biomedical research by establishing an innovative doctoral program unlike any other in the United States. Integrating such diverse disciplines as cell and molecular biology, structure and chemistry, it developed a Graduate Program in Macromolecular and Cellular Structure, and then Chemistry.

In 2002, TSRI named its graduate college The Kellogg School of Science and Technology for philanthropists Janet R. ("Jean") and W. Keith Kellogg II. In 2003, a comprehensive review of the curriculum resulted in the redefined Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences, which allows students to select one of five curricular tracks— chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics, biology or immunology—so that its graduates are broadly trained in these areas of scientific inquiry.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute is one of the world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations, at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its discoveries in immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases, and synthetic vaccine development. Established in its current configuration in 1961, it employs approximately 3,000 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and other technicians, doctoral degree graduate students, and administrative and technical support personnel. Scripps Research is headquartered in La Jolla, California. It also includes Scripps Florida, whose researchers focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development.  Currently operating from temporary facilities in Jupiter, Scripps Florida will move to its permanent campus by 2009.


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