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Henry David Thoreau


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While the NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Program requires its students to be highly self-directed as they engage in their academic research including many hours spent in the lab, the program also offers students access to an impressive array of personal enrichment and professional development opportunities.  Each year, students and their mentors along with guests and distinguished scientific leaders gather for the program's annual Colloquium.

While at Oxford and Cambridge, students can take advantage of the wide array of extracurricular activities offered by the University, ranging from athletics to social events offered the numerous colleges.   Each student belongs to a college within the University that provides a smaller, more closely-knit community within which to live and socialize.  The NIH also offers group housing close to campus for many of the Scholars and students of other NIH graduate partnership programs.  Students also have the option to seek their own housing in Washington D.C. or Maryland if they wish.

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The International Biomedical Research Alliance, a philanthropic organization, supports the program in many exciting ways. At the close of the 2007 Colloquium held in Cambridge, for instance, IBRA collaborated with the Lasker Foundation in order to sponsor a two-day UK-based leadership program. Students traveled together from Cambridge to Down House, home of Charles Darwin and site of his work for more than 40 years. The group then traveled to London where they had a unique opportunity to meet leaders whose work significantly impacts the current and future course of science policy in the UK. Students visited Parliament to meet with members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, engaging in discussions with the nation's top leaders of prominent science, technology and innovation initiatives.