Andorin Posted February 16, 2009 Share Posted February 16, 2009 So, I'm holding offers from both Cambridge and Duke, in the form of a 4-year programme at a Biology Institute at the former, and a bio-related programme at the latter. Also muddying the pitch, is a major international scholarship which I can accept if I go to a US school. I already hold an Oxbridge degree and know that I like the environment, but am less certain I would enjoy spending six years of my life in North Carolina, although I am very interested in learning about US culture. The supervisor at Cam is famous, with a whole plethora of Nature and Science papers, while the supervisor at Duke is far less well known, but there would be the option of a dual supervisor project with other professors who are almost as well known as the one at Cambridge. The Duke professor is well versed in technical areas, whilst the Cam professor is primarily an experimentalist, and I am looking to do a primarily theoretical project, although my intention is to acquire some wet-lab skills along the way. In terms of my research question, I would be somewhat intellectually isolated at Cambridge, whilst at Duke there are many people looking into similar things. Following my PhD I expect that I will remain in academia, and probably push towards a position within England, but that said, I would not rule out a move to the US. What do people think? I am curious as to how Americans and others from outside Oxbridge perceive the comparison between Cambridge and Duke. And if anyone is actually familiar with Duke, I am curious about their position on the Duke intellectual scene. I am a great fan of the Oxbridge Union Societies, and the cornucopia of political associations and speaker events that occur in the two cities: can Duke even begin to compete with this? Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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