Graduate Studies in the DBG

Folks, there is more email traffic from PhD applicants than I can respond to. I have posted previously on what your application should look like, so scroll thru our News to see specifics.
Here are the first things I look at when I review an application:
1. Your math (this filters out about 90% of the applicants with BME undergraduate degrees…gotta take PDEs and complex variables)
2. Your lab experience
3. Your grades
4. Your reference letters. If the best thing your letter writer can say is that you sat in front of class, asked questions, turned in HWs, and got an A in the class, that doesn’t really distinguish you.
5. Your essays. Nothing is done until its published. If you can’t write a good response to an essay question, with good English, sentence and paragraph structure, I can’t take you.

Prof Parker

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What's New

The latest on our Art & Science Collaboration November 16th, 2015

Check out this article from for the latest news on our collaboration with artist Carla Ciuffo:

Welcome to the DBG! October 21st, 2015

The DBG would like to welcome our new Post-Doctoral Fellow Adrian Buganza Tepole. Adrian comes to us from Stanford University, where he recently completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. We are excited to have Adrian join us!

Merging Art and Science September 17th, 2015

Recently the DBG had the pleasure of hosting Nashville, TN based artist Carla Ciuffo for a collaboration with our Nanofibers team, resulting in a new traveling museum exhibit titled “Nano . Stasis” The objective of this multimedia exhibition is to unify a stunning advance in science with its artistic counterpart, in effect emphasizing how creativity, beauty and science are truly intertwined. Learn more about how she is merging art with science here:

Thank you and Farewell Summer Students! September 10th, 2015

Thank you to all the undergraduate students who spent time working in the lab over the summer. We wish you all the best this school year!

Joe Festa, Harvard University
Ryan Halvorson, Harvard University
Charlie Alver, Harvard University
Yinka Ogunbiyi, Harvard University
John Doyle, Bunker Hill Community College
Jorge Jiminez, University of Rochester
Mary Kate Macedonia, Case Western Reserve University
Taler Brazelle, United States Military Academy at West Point
Jack Ward, United States Military Academy at West Point
Kevin Talty, United States Military Academy at West Point
Ginny Phillips, United States Military Academy at West Point
Thomas Manuel, Mississippi State University
Adrian Ledesma-Mendoza, University of New Mexico
William Mehalick, Bunker Hill Community College
Joy Rosa-Jackson, Howard University

Welcome John Ferrier! September 10th, 2015

The DBG would like to welcome John Ferrier, our newest lab manager, who joined the group on June 1st. John is a 2015 graduate of The University of Central Arkansas where he studied Physics & Math.