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3 Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Cell & Molecular Biology Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology Genetics and Gene Regulation Gene Therapy and Vaccines Dev., Stem Cell & Regenerative Biol. Cell Biology and Physiology Cancer Biology Epidemiology/Biostatistics Genomics/Computational Biology Immunology Neuroscience Pharmacology Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Cell & Molecular Biology Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology Genetics and Gene Regulation Gene Therapy and Vaccines Dev., Stem Cell & Regenerative Biol. Cell Biology and Physiology Cancer Biology Epidemiology/Biostatistics Genomics/Computational Biology Immunology Neuroscience Pharmacology Perelman School of Medicine Dental Medicine Veterinary Medicine Nursing Perelman School of Medicine Dental Medicine Veterinary Medicine Nursing Art & Sciences Engineering & Applied Sciences Wharton Art & Sciences Engineering & Applied Sciences Wharton Wistar Institute Institute for Cancer Research/FCCC Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia NIH Intramural Program (Immunology) Wistar Institute Institute for Cancer Research/FCCC Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia NIH Intramural Program (Immunology)

4 Mission of BGS  To recruit top-quality graduate students in the biomedical sciences  To provide students with advanced, comprehensive, interdisciplinary training and career preparation

5 BGS Students and Faculty 754 Students – 598 PhD – 139 MD-PhD – 17 VMD-PhD 653 Faculty – 76% in the School of Medicine – 24% in other Schools and Institutes

6 Admissions Online Application https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=upenn-gmed. Statement of purpose Research statement Resume/CV Three (3) letters of recommendation Transcripts from all institutions attended Test scores sent directly from the testing service o General GRE for all applicants o TOEFL for students for whom English is not the native language o BGS does not require any GRE subject tests

7 Admissions Uniform Criteria and Admissions Process for all Graduate Groups High Potential and Commitment to Career in Biomedical Research – Research Experience Required – Letter(s) of Recommendation from a Research Supervisor (preferably PI/Lab head) – Interview at Penn by members of Graduate Group 2011 Admissions – 1216 app./256 admit/112 matric. – GREs 620V - 750Q - 4.5W – GPAs 3.67

8 Applicant Interviews Arranged by graduate groups Central BGS Admissions Committee for Evaluating Applicants All Offers Fully-Funded –stipend, tuition, health insurance Admissions

9 Year 5+ Year 1 Year 2 Years 3 & 4 Thesis Completion Talks & Presentations Scientific Meetings Postdoc Search Core Courses (cell biology, gene regulation) Grad Group Specific Courses Seminars / Retreats Lab Rotations Grad Group Specific Electives Preliminary Exam Seminars / Retreats Lab Research Thesis Research Seminars / Retreats Scientific Meetings Lab Rotation Prep class Graduate School Career

10 Graduate School Curriculum Pre-dissertation - 18 months  Required and Elective Courses  3 (or more) one semester long lab rotations Preliminary Examination - end of second year Dissertation  Thesis Advisor  Thesis Committee Thesis Defense  Public Lecture  Thesis Committee (and External Member) Responsible Conduct of Research - Annual

11 Combined PhD/Certificate Programs HHMI Med into Grad Scholars (HMGS) Program To provide training in human biology and physiology to basic science PhD students To prepare students to effectively interact with clinical scientists to address medical relevant research problems Funded by the HHMI Public Health Certificate Program (PHCP) To provide training in population-based approaches and applications for PhD students in molecular, cellular, and biochemical sciences To prepare students for careers in academic, industrial, and government institutions Certificate Program in Environmental Health Sciences To provide training to span the disciplines of translational environmental health sciences

12 BGS-Sponsored Special Events and Career Development Career Counseling - Career Fair (With OPP), Seminar Series, Workshops Saul Winegrad Awards for Distinguished Dissertations Convocation, Commencement Ceremonies BGS Supports Graduate Group-Organized Seminars & Retreats Funding for travel to scientific conferences or special courses

13 Grad Student Organizations BGSA (http://www.med.upenn.edu/bgsa/) – Organizes career sessions and talks – Social events – Represents BGS at University-wide GS meetings EE Just (http://www.med.upenn.edu/eejust/) – Network for URM students – Organizes seminars – Social Events Grad Student Center Career Services

14 Other BGS Programs Summer Undergraduate Internship Program in the Biological Sciences (SUIP)

15 Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) 10 week summer research rotation (Stipend, housing, travel to Penn) Seminars Career planning Bioethics training Leadership Alliance Conference Social events

16 Applying to SUIP Applicants should submit the following: 1) Online application form 2) Statement detailing your career goals which broad areas of biomedical science you are interested in researching this summer 3) Description of your research experience and/or lab courses you have taken 4) Two letters of recommendation from academic faculty or advisors 5) Official undergraduate transcript. Please include your Fall grades.

17 Areas of Research Broad areas of research interest include: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Cell and Molecular Biology  Cell Biology and Physiology  Cancer Biology  Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology  Genetics and Gene Regulation  Gene Therapy and Vaccines  Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology Genomics and Computational Biology Immunology Neuroscience Pharmacology

18 Leadership Alliance National Conference

19 Penn Annual SUIP Research Symposium

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21 2011 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students From Left to Right: Anamaria Alexandrescu; Melissa Jarmel; Monica Thomas; Jose Vargas Muniz; Meilin Fernandez; Alejandro Arroyo Pachecho; Jesus M. Ayala

22 Other BGS Programs Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Preparation Program (PennPrep)

23 1 to 2 years research experience (Stipend and health insurance) 1 graduate level course/semester Career planning Bioethics training/ Safety training GRE preparation Scientific Seminars Graduate School application preparation National Conference (ABRCMS, SACNAS, etc) Social events

24 Applying to PREP Applicants should submit the following: 1) Online application form 2) Statement detailing science background, coursework, and any relevant research experience description of your interest in a research career justification as to why PREP program will fulfill your goals 3) Three letters of recommendation from academic faculty or advisors 4) Official undergraduate transcript

25 Useful Web Sites U of P: Biomedical Graduate Studies: City of Philadelphia general information:

26 Arnaldo J. Diaz, Ph.D. Recruitment and Special Programs Biomedical Graduate Studies ( ) (work) (fax)


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