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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying Medicine/Health Sciences.

On-Campus Research Experience 

Majors in the natural sciences have the opportunity to participate in original research during the summer and the academic school year. Students mentored by biology professors are eligible for research stipends from the Jill Barrett Research Program. Recent student–faculty research has examined:

  • Natural modulators of olfactory adaptation in C. elegans, a type of roundworm
  • Fungicidal compounds derived from redwood
  • Biological function and cellular localization of a gene product in S. cerevisiae, a species of yeast

Synthetic methodology for carbocation production in ionic liquids

Access to Facilities & Equipment

Student–faculty research takes place in the Joseph McInnes Memorial Botanic Garden and the state-of-the-art laboratories of the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building, awarded the highest rating in environmental design and construction. Equipment available for scientific research includes:

  • Scheffler Bio-Imaging Center, containing a transilluminating fluorescence microscope with digital camera and imaging software and a dissecting scope capable of photo microscopy
  • An array of instrumentation: centrifuges, PCR machines, spectrophotometers, a Western blotting and gel electrophoresis apparatus, autoclaves, and incubators
  • Thermal cyclers for polymerase chain-reactions
  • Digital gel imaging system
  • Nucleic acid hybridization ovens
  • Ultraviolet wavelength cross-linker
  • Tabletop ultracentrifuge
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers
  • Gas-liquid and high-performance liquid chromatographs
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • Fluorometer
  • 96-well plate reader

Off-Campus Research Internships

Students have gained additional hands-on experience at such institutions as:

  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Women’s Cancer Resource Center
  • Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, UC Davis
  • Memory and Aging Center, UCSF
  • Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
  • Tuft’s University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Hawaii Cancer Center
What Can I Do with a Science Degree from Mills?

Recent graduates from Mills have gained admission to highly competitive professional schools. Others have put their scientific knowledge and research experience to work in such positions as:

Research Associate
Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Associate Medical Director, Geriatric Care Programs
Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation

Research Specialist
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Public Health Virologist

California Department of Public Health

Clinical Research Associate
Clovis Oncology

Senior Research Associate
Genentech Incorporated

Radiochemistry Associate
Avid Radiopharmaceuticals

Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration Adoption Lead

Associate Scientist
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Camino Health Center

Research Technician
Center for Infectious Disease Research

Senior Director, R&D Project Management, IT and Infrastructure
Beyond Meat

California Veterinary Medical Association

Environmental Science Associates

Research and Development Scientist
Agilent Technologies

Yield Engineer

VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

Field Engineer