Friedman plans to graduate in the spring with a major in bioinformatics, and says the NIPS paper was an important asset when he applied to graduate schools. "When I was applying and then talking to the various schools, I was able to give them information about my publication," said Friedman. "It certainly gives you something important to say in the interview." Friedman is waiting to hear from several schools, but says MIT is his first choice.
Kohlenberg's research was published in the journal Genome Research, one of the most prestigious research journals in bioinformatics. Since he still has another year of study at UCSD, he plans to continue working in Nicholas Schork's Polymorphism Research Laboratory and continue his research. "Working in this lab has been the most academically rewarding thing that I have done," said Kohlenberg. "It was cool working with and learning from Ph.D.s such as my mentor on the project, Caroline Nievergelt, and it gave me a good idea of what grad school is like."
According to Eskin, much of the burden for making the undergraduate program work lies on the shoulders of graduate students in his lab, including Robin Friedman's advisor, Sean O'Rourke. "Publications reflect very highly on the graduate students who are excellent undergraduate advisors," said Eskin. "Advising and mentoring by graduate students are crucial parts of making undergraduate research successful, and Sean can take a lot of credit for guiding Robin in his research."