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1 Graduate Biomedical Sciences Programs at The University of Alabama at Birmingham

2 Graduate Biomedical UAB overview UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences Training Structure:  Multiple interdisciplinary 1 st year “feeder/umbrella" programs recruit and admit students  Student affiliates with interdisciplinary feeder program upon accepting program admission offer  Completes program core and elective course requirements in first year  Performs lab rotations with program faculty and identifies advisor in first year  Student then joins PhD program of JHS department in which advisor holds primary or secondary appointment (only JHS departments in SOM are currently credentialed by state to award PhD degrees)  Completes departmental program degree requirements ( see dept PhD handbooks)  Receives departmental degree

3 Graduate Biomedical UAB overview Graduate Biomedical UAB Interdisciplinary Feeder Programs: Admissions and 1st year curriculum  Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) (30*) Primary JHS departments** – Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology  Integrative Biomedical Sciences (IBS) (20) Primary JHS departments – Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Environmental Health Sciences  Neuroscience (7)Interdisciplinary Genetics (5) Faculty of 17 departmentsFaculty of 13 departments  Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics (4) Primary JHS department – BMG 1 o & 2 o appt  MD/PhD (8)Nutrition Sciences ( SOM&SHP ) (3) Faculty of 13 departments Faculty of 5 departments * Number of students affiliated with program ** Individual faculty members may participate in more than one feeder program

4 Graduate Biomedical UAB overview Graduate Biomedical UAB Departmental Programs: Advanced training/PhD granting  Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics(40*)  Cell Biology (81)  Genetics (10)  Microbiology (75)  Neurobiology (38)  Pathology (42)  Pharmacology & Toxicology (35)  Physiology (33) * Approximate number of students affiliated with program or department

5 Graduate Biomedical UAB overview Graduate Biomedical UAB Graduate Student Enrollment and Demographics  440 total PhD students  52% male, 48% female  65% US (25 states), 35% international (10 countries)  Average time to degree yr, ~4 publications/graduate  Represent 63% of total UAB research trainee workforce First year class  870 applications (41% US, 59% international)  75 entering students (83% US, 17% international; 19% US minority)  Mean GRE V+Q, 1222; mean GPA, 3.6 Graduate Faculty  ~220 total graduate faculty in biomedical sciences (62% JHS 1 o appt, 38% clinical/other 1 o appt)  Faculty may participate in more than one graduate program  Ranked #18 nationally for NIH funding (School of Medicine)

6 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate program structure Graduate Biomedical UAB First Year Curriculum (via interdisciplinary feeder programs) Core courses  Two parallel core curricula sponsored by CMB and IBS programs, each shared with additional feeder programs Elective courses  Parallel sets of elective course modules, sponsored by individual feeder programs Lab rotations and advisor selection  Sessions of faculty research presentations sponsored by each feeder program at beginning 1 st year  Programs oversee selection of 3 program-specific 10-week lab rotations, each followed by graded poster sessions  Advisor selection from program faculty typically in May of first year Continuing years (via departmental programs)  Department-specific advanced graduate curricula, qualifying exams and thesis defense overseen by departmental director and committees (see dept PhD handbooks) * faculty may participate in multiple feeder programs as teaching faculty and rotation advisors

7 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate program structure Graduate Biomedical UAB Typical Interdisciplinary Feeder Program Structure  Steering Committee  Participating Department Chairs, departmental Graduate Program Directors, Feeder Program Director  Responsible for policies, budget, program faculty selection/review  Curriculum, Recruitment & Admissions Committees  Program Graduate Faculty  Must have 1 o or 2 o appointment in PhD degree-granting JHS department  Must provide CV with grant support & previous trainees, if any 1 o & 2 o department affiliation Letter from 1 o department chair guaranteeing student support if your funding lapses  Must also apply to Graduate School for UAB Graduate Faculty status; see

8 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate program structure Graduate Biomedical UAB Typical Interdisciplinary Feeder Program Structure  Maintaining Program Faculty Status Reviewed every 3 years and may be placed on inactive status Renewable based on  Continued extramural grant support  Active participation in multiple program activities Teaching in feeder or advanced departmental courses Serving on student thesis committees Judging talks & posters Interviewing applicants Hosting rotation students Mentoring of current graduate student (s)  Publications  Continued 1 o or 2 o appointment in PhD granting department

9 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate program structure Graduate Biomedical UAB Graduate Student Funding Costs and Sources Annual Student Costs, 2006 Stipend$23,000 Tuition/Fees $7,951 Health Ins $1,220 $32,171 + research & travel support First Year Students Feeder Program provides support ( partially funded by 1 st year Graduate $24,541 allocated by Graduate School; remaining cost paid by 1 o department of advisor) Continuing Students Support Sources R01 or other faculty advisor research support (70% tuition returned to funding source) NRSA (T32) and other training grants (23 grants; 75 predoc, 59 postdoc slots, FY06) NRSA (F30/F31) and other fellowships (17 awards, FY06) Diversity Fellowships (UAB CMFSDP, R01 minority supplement awards)

10 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate initiatives Graduate Biomedical UAB Other Training Opportunities New PhD Training Pathways  PhD - MBA Program (“MBA for Scientists”, School of Business)  HHMI Med into Grad Fellowships (translational research, 1 of 13 awards nationally; includes training at Southern Research Institute in drug discovery) Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates  Feeder program-affiliated (IBS, IGGP programs)  Departmental (Physiology, Neurobiology, Pathology)  Special Populations (McNair, Bridges)  Medical Student Summer Research Program (NIH T35) UAB Undergraduate Science & Technology Honors Program  Students participate in advanced programs & research, receive UAB Graduate School admission with advanced credit and 2 years’ funding upon program completion Office of Postdoctoral Education  Advertises open postdoc positions, oversees funding levels, benefits, policies, career development activities, etc

11 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate initiatives Graduate Biomedical UAB Graduate Initiatives & Resources School of Medicine Research Strategic Plan 2006: Graduate Education and Clinical Research Training  Office of Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS), Shelby 120  Interdepartmental interdisciplinary PhD programs under development (Interdisciplinary Genetics, Neuroscience, Clinical & Translational Science)  Training grant & fellowship support service  Increased graduate positions commensurate with new faculty recruitment  Increased level of institutional stipend support Graduate School  Recently recruited Graduate School Dean (Bryan Noe, PhD)  New graduate recruitment funding and marketing initiatives  New stipend support  New fellowship incentive awards  Online Graduate School application and electronic dissertation processes  Graduate School-sponsored Professional Development Programs  Graduate Student & Postdoc Research Symposia

12 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate resources Graduate Biomedical UAB Graduate and Other Training Resources School of Medicine  Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences  Medical Student Summer Research Program  Training Grants & Fellowships Graduate School  Graduate School Office  Dean, Bryan Noe, PhD,  Associate Dean, Life Sciences, Susan Rich, PhD, ,  Graduate Programs  Graduate Faculty Application,  Minority Fellowship Programs, Wanda Jordan, ,  Summer Undergraduate Research Programs Office of Postdoctoral Education , UAB Science & Technology Honors Program

13 Graduate Biomedical UAB graduate resources Graduate Biomedical UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences Resources Entry Programs  Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics  Cellular and Molecular Biology  Interdisciplinary Genetics  Integrative Biomedical Sciences, including Toxicology  Neuroscience  Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) Departmental PhD Programs  Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics  Cell Biology  Interdisciplinary Genetics  Microbiology  Neurobiology  Pathology  Pharmacology & Toxicology  Cellular & Molecular Physiology


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