Growing up with a medical lab technician mother, Sirisha Srinivasan got to observe specimens in labs and learn about various concepts used in hospitals from a young age. Her intrigue led the student from Hyderabad, India to major in biotechnology at university.
After graduating, a stint in IT and teaching French uncovered her passion for education and mentorship. When she saw her husband, an automation and controls engineer, working long hours and weekends to support Swiss-based drugmaker Lonza and American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Moderna during the pandemic, she was motivated to pursue a master’s degree in biotechnology. “The biotechnology programme [at UNH] was introduced at the perfect time for me,” she says.
UNH Graduate School offers over 100 master’s, certificate and doctoral programmes that inspire and prepare today’s rising stars to become tomorrow’s successful leaders. At this R1 Carnegie university — a status awarded to only the top research institutions — UNH graduate students like Srinivasan have an abundance of opportunities to engage in cutting-edge scholarship with a diverse array of faculty, facilities, and resources.
The best part? They can benefit from all these perks, whether their degree is online or on campus.
Working in Assistant Professor Kristen Johnson’s pancreatic cancer research lab, Srinivasan is able to tap into excellent skill-based teaching and research in state-of-the-art facilities. She also benefits from the new Biotechnology Innovation Centre (BIC), an on-campus incubator space that houses industry partners in biotech, pharma and medtech fields. All of that means Srinivasan and her peers in the MS in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences program gain industry-relevant and transferable job skills within 18 months.
“Outside the classroom, I have also used the Career and Professional Success service,” she says. “It’s a career service team, and Maggie (Srinivasan’s career advisor) has been so helpful and has assisted me with building my resume and giving me some helpful tips to overcome the interview jitters.”
For Master in Public Policy student Zoe Dawson, her favourite part of the UNH campus is the library. “There are five stories with great nooks to study by yourself or with friends, collaboration rooms for group work, or silent rooms for studying,” she says. “There is also Connors Writing Centre in the library where you can meet one-on-one with a UNH student who can assist with brainstorming or making edits when you need help on an assignment.”
More importantly, they have faculty support every step of the way. “Dr. MacLea and Dr. Johnson are always making sure their students advance in their careers and help us build connections with industry folks,” says Srinivasan. “They are updating us about internships and co-op opportunities, making them available for all the students to access and apply to them.”
Online students get the same level of support and access to facilities. “Online education is flexible for individuals who are balancing multiple roles in their academic, home, and professional lives,” says Jackie Klatt, a graduate of the online Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Studies. “As a working professional, I knew I needed a programme that I could complete on my own time so I could maintain my full-time job.”
Her programme advisor was Professor Elyse Hambacher, who provided no shortage of advice for Klatt to do well. “She was helpful in selecting classes related to my interests in higher education and informing me when those courses would be offered … I received an email from her with an introduction and contact information so I could reach out when I needed assistance. UNH Online also provides services to online students to ensure they are able to register and begin classes on-time and smoothly.”
Such support is crucial to a student’s growth, which is why UNH ensures its programmes are designed to help each student achieve their individual goals — even if faculty and students are separated by a screen.
“Discussion boards in my online courses were always lively and interesting. It was a fantastic way to learn how the backgrounds of my peers contributed to their thoughts and opinions on educational issues or course reading assignments,” says Klatt. “Professors in online courses all take a different approach in their engagement with students. Some professors provided a short introduction video at the beginning of each week explaining upcoming assignments, which I found extremely helpful. Professors always provided feedback on assignments and offered virtual office hours for more detailed questions.”
With all these offerings – solid and relevant programmes, helpful and experienced faculty, and versatile learning formats — it is little wonder that UNH has attracted the likes of Srinivasan, Dawson and Klatt. If you are searching for a fantastic graduate school that can attend to your learning needs, consider UNH Graduate School.