I like the emphasis on practical skills. Last semester I wrote a full-length proposal in NSF format. I thought that was actually very helpful.
It is my experience that the community of graduate students in the Materials Science and Engineering Department are a close knit group who are always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it’s in the lab doing research or out of the lab deciding where to hang out in one of Baltimore’s many welcoming neighborhoods.
I have never seen such overwhelming support between students or departments; in my first week working here I found myself both being offered help to move in to my apartment as well as traveling to the Medical Campus in order to begin talking about a project with the School of Public Health.