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Did You Know?

Scripps’ Graduate Program is a top-ranked interdisciplinary program in the chemical and biological sciences at one of the world’s largest independent non-profit biomedical research institutes. Training in this environment gives Ph.D. students access to world-class faculty and state-of-the-art resources within a larger biotechnology community.

The Scripps Research Institute has more than 2,600 people, including:

  • 163 teaching faculty
  • 246 graduate students
  • 265 independent investigators
  • 612 postdoctoral fellows

Scripps scientists include:

  • 3 Nobel laureates
  • 16 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 17 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • 26 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Scripps has had notable scientific impact worldwide (citations per paper as tracked by Thomson Reuters over a decade), placing:

  • 1st in chemistry
  • 2nd in microbiology
  • 6th in immunology
  • 13th in neuroscience

The high level of science and entrepreneurship at Scripps is demonstrated by the:

  • 51 companies launched based on the discoveries or direct involvement of Scripps Research faculty
  • 200 invention disclosures generated per year
  • 680 U.S. patents granted to Scripps Research, among the highest of U.S. academic institutions
  • Medical therapies based on Scripps findings include Humira® for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions; Benlysta® for lupus; Leustatin® for hairy cell leukemia; Purification of Factor VIII for hemophilia; Vyndaqel® for TTR-FAP, and Surfaxin® for infant respiratory distress syndrome.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Scripps’ Graduate Program ranks nationally as:

  • 2nd in the specialty of biochemistry
  • 6th in the specialty of organic chemistry
  • 7th in chemistry overall
  • 9th in the biological sciences overall

While the numbers are impressive, many people believe the best aspects of the Graduate Program are intangible—such as the flexibility and the program’s responsiveness to the students’ needs and career goals, the synergy and excitement promoted by the focus on high-impact research, and the frequent collaborations bridging different disciplines. In contrast to graduate students at traditional universities, Scripps’ students choose whether to concentrate on research (no TA requirements) or to combine research with teaching, mentoring, and scientific outreach. The Graduate Program provides generous student benefits, including free parking, health plan, and fitness facilities, as well as easy access to the beach and to scenic hiking and jogging trails.