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Artur Belov
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After majoring in chemistry for 2 years at the University of Rhode Island, I realized that I wanted to be exposed to a broad range of topics that included studying biological, chemical, and physical phenomena. This, of course, would require a school that is actively involved in exploring these topics in a research setting. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UMass Amherst among the top tier schools in regards to research activity, which made selecting and transferring to UMass Amherst quite easy.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology testifies to the university’s excellence in the sciences. With numerous faculty and staff coming from a variety of diverse backgrounds, the community of scientists in this major provided ample opportunities for me to get involved in a research laboratory to supplement class work with real-life application of my knowledge. After getting accepted to NYU School of Medicine, I can attest to the prestige of the department, and that motivated students will find themselves competing for top jobs and graduate positions after completing their undergraduate education.