Scholars Ambika Bumb and Christina Bodner
Now in its 12th year, the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program attracts students from a diverse array of U.S. colleges and universities. The program has grown from the first class of two students to a population of well over 100 aspiring young scientists whose interests find them involved in some of the most cutting edge biomedical research endeavors being conducted in the world. When a Scholar complete the program, she/he will be presented excellent opportunities in academia, industry, and in areas such as public health, administration, and business. Check out our Current Cohort pages where you'll find biographical sketches for our Scholars and see below what some of our students are saying about the program!
“The NIH-Oxford program has allowed me to develop as an independent scientist more quickly than would be possible in a typical graduate program. By coordinating research between 4 laboratories in 3 countries, I've learned both scientific and personal skills that will be important for my career... and it has been a lot of fun!”
"This doctoral experience has been the epitome of interdisciplinary from Day 1 with the first conference call between my advisors and I. My work is on engineering nanotechnology to better image and deliver therapy to pathologies such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. Because of how this program is designed, my project has been directly guided from the start by the expertise of multiple individuals from widely diverse backgrounds: an engineer, an immunologist, a chemist, and a radiologist. Rarely can a student claim to have more than one advisor for her doctoral research, much less four dedicated and enthusiastic ones from four different fields, three different institutes, and two different continents! The learning curve has been steep and exactly what I wanted."
"“I am learning from two great scientists: two ways of thinking, two scientific views, two personalities, two role models.”
“Again, and perhaps I cannot stress this point enough, the advantage of the NIH program is that it affords students who are strongly self-motivated and sure of their interests in research to grow up quickly. That is, they are exposed to situations/experience during their PhD that other students may not be exposed to until they are even the head of their own lab. The largest of these experiences is the integral involvement of a collaboration to one’s PhD. The skills needed not only to complete but to thrive in these PhD programs are priceless skills in a world of research that is requiring more and more collaboration between groups, not only within the US but overseas as well.”