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Elad Green, a management student in Stern’s PhD program, had considerable experience before coming to Stern. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Tel-Aviv University with a double major in electrical engineering and computer science, Elad worked in the telecommunications industry for several years as an engineer and then systems architect before completing a M.A. in cognitive science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also spent a semester at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, as a graduate exchange student.
Lai says what she likes best about Stern’s PhD program is “the constant attention, support and encouragement I receive from faculty members; the opportunity to be exposed to top notch research every week at seminars; and the friendships I’ve made with both faculty and students.”
Jigar Patel, a student in the Doctoral Program’s Operations Management department, was first attracted to Stern because it is “one of the few business schools that imparts rigorous theoretical training, along with a real world business perspective in the field of Operations Management.”
While attending McGill University, Cheryl Flynn received sound advice from one of her professors who suggested she consider studying statistics at a Business school rather than an Arts and Science school, given her background in economics and actuarial science. According to Cheryl, Stern’s PhD program specifically stood out because of its heavy focus on developing research skills, as well as the chance to explore statistical research across a variety of business disciplines. “I was also attracted to Stern because it’s a small program, which allows for flexibility in course selection and one-on-one interaction with professors,” says Cheryl.
Matt's experience in the Accounting PhD program thus far has exceeded his expectations. Due to the rigorous first year curriculum which immerses students in empirical literature, Matt says that the “differences in my abilities as a scholar-in-training are like night and day. In every relevant dimension, I have grown and matured considerably so that I can comfortably interact with scholars in my field when discussing research.”
Stern’s vibrant research community is one of the features Sean likes best about the PhD program. “Just about every week, there is a student or professor giving a fascinating seminar and because we’re in New York City, the school is able to attract some amazing visiting speakers from all over the world,” says Sean.
Xavier Giroud, who graduated from NYU Stern’s PhD program in May 2011, headed to MIT as an Assistant Professor of Finance. He credits the faculty support and mentorship he received during the program as one of the main contributors to his success.
As a mother of two, Shelle knew it wouldn’t be easy to fit getting a PhD into her already very busy life. However, after working in marketing in the financial services industry for many years, she decided to make the transition to academia. “Getting a PhD was something that I always considered, but the time never seemed right. Finally I just decided that if I really wanted to do this, there was no more time to waste!”