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MS Profile: Marissa Kaufman

Marissa Kaufman, MS in Biotechnology student, sits down with the College of Science Graduate Program staff to talk about what it’s like to work and study at Northeastern University.

Why did choose to attend Northeastern?

As an undergraduate student, I had attended Boston University and had many friends that attended Northeastern University. Having heard about their various co-op experiences, I realized this was a great way to get hands-on training within a given industry. When I decided that I was going to pursue a graduate degree, I knew that I wanted to attend Northeastern University because of their great co-op programs.

What is your favorite part about Northeastern?

My favorite part about Northeastern is the sense of community. Within my department, I feel as though the advisors, administrators, and faculty have a personal stake in my success. The small class sizes also facilitate the sense of community amongst peers.

Marissa Kaufman

Marissa Kaufman, MS in Biotechnology student

What is your favorite part of Boston?

Having lived in Boston previously, I always knew that I would return and make it my permanent home. The numerous museums, restaurants and breweries, and parks are all within walking distance no matter where you live. Overall, Boston is a great city for young adults to live and work in.

What is the best perk of being a Northeastern graduate student?

I believe the best perk of being a Northeastern student is the free admission to the MFA and industry related events, such as the MassBio Annual Holiday Party, where you can network with potential employers and leading experts in the field of biotechnology.

What advice would you give to an incoming graduate student?

I would advise any incoming student, whether they are an undergraduate or graduate student, to take advantage of all Northeastern has to offer. There are so many social activities and professional events that you can attend! Students should take advantage of the countless resources made available to them by the university.

What are your plans after degree completion?

After completing my degree, I plan on remaining a permanent resident of Boston and working in the biopharmaceutical industry, hopefully at a company located in Boston or Cambridge.

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