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  • Graduate Biomedical Sciences Programs at The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences Training Model:
    • Multiple interdisciplinary 1 st year feeder programs recruit and admit students
    • Student affiliates with specific 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
      • Joins department in which advisor holds primary or secondary JHS appointment (only JHS departments in SOM are currently credentialed by state to award PhD degrees)
      • Completes departmental degree requirements
      • Receives departmental degree
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB overview
    • Interdisciplinary Feeder Programs: Admissions and 1st year curriculum
      • Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) (40*)
        • Primary JHS departments** – Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology
      • Integrative Biomedical Sciences (IBS) (23)
        • Primary JHS departments – Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Environmental Health Sciences
      • Neuroscience (7) Genetics (6)
        • Faculty of 17 departments Primary JHS department – Genetics 1 o & 2 o appt
      • Toxicology (4) Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics (5)
        • Faculty of 9 departments Primary JHS department – BMG 1 o & 2 o appt
      • MD/PhD (7) Nutrition Sciences (3)
        • Faculty of 13 departments Faculty of 5 departments
        • * Number of students affiliated with program or department
        • ** Individual faculty members may participate in more than one feeder program
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB overview View slide
    • Departmental Programs: Advanced training/degree granting
      • Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics(40*)
      • Cell Biology (81)
      • Genetics (10)
      • Microbiology (75)
      • Neurobiology (38)
      • Nutrition Science (3)
      • Pathology (42)
      • Pharmacology & Toxicology (35)
      • Physiology (33)
        • * Number of students affiliated with program or department
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB overview View slide
    • Graduate Student Enrollment and Demographics
      • 440 total PhD students (JHS plus Nutrition Science)
      • 52% male, 48% female
      • 65% US (16.5% US minority), 35% international
      • Average time to degree 5.5 - 6yr
      • Perform research supporting ~$90M annual NIH direct costs
      • Represent 63% of total research trainee workforce
    • First year class 2005-2006
      • 925 applications (42% US, 58% international)
      • 98 entering students (69% US [19% US minority], 31% international)
      • Mean GRE V+Q, 1232; mean GPA, 3.5
    • 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
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB overview
    • First Year Curriculum (via interdisciplinary feeder programs):
    • Core courses
      • Parallel core curricula sponsored by CMB and IBS programs, each shared with additional feeder programs
    • Elective courses
      • Parallel sets of multiple elective course offerings in modular format, sponsored by CMB and IBS programs
      • Elective modules recently coordinated to allow choice of electives from either program elective course set
    • Lab rotations and advisor selection
      • Schedules of faculty research presentations sponsored by each feeder program
      • Programs oversee selection of 3 program-specific lab rotations
      • 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
    • * faculty may participate in multiple feeder programs as teaching faculty and rotation advisors
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB graduate program structure
    • Sample Feeder Program 1 st Year Curriculum
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB graduate program structure
    • 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 Committee
    • Recruitment/Admissions Committee
    • Program Graduate Faculty
      • Must have 1 o or 2 o appointment in PhD degree-granting department
      • Sponsored by JHS Department Chair with support letter and Faculty Applicant’s CV
      • Must also apply to Graduate School for UAB Graduate Faculty status; see http://www.uab.edu/graduate/gradfac/index.htm .
      • Reviewed every 3 years for research, teaching and training credentials and may be placed on inactive status
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB graduate program structure
    • Graduate Student Funding Costs and Sources:
    • Student Costs, 2006
    • Stipend $23,000 (Fall 2006)
    • Tuition $6,800
    • Fees/Health $2,181
    • $31,981
    • First Year Students
    • Feeder Program provides support
    • ( supported by 1 st year Graduate Fellowships @ $23,590 allocated by Graduate School)
    • Continuing Students
    • Support Sources
    • R01 or other faculty advisor research support (70% tuition returned to funding source)
    • NRSA (T32) and other training grants (22 grants; 81 predoc, 59 postdoc slots)
    • NRSA (F30/F31) and other fellowships (23 awards, FY2005)
    • Graduate School Special Population Fellowships (GAANN, CMFSDP)
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB graduate program structure
    • Other Training Opportunities
    • Summer Research Programs
      • Summer in Biomedical Science (SIBS, affiliated with IBS program)
      • Physiology Summer Research Program
      • Summer Program in Neurobiology (SPIN) (NSF funded)
      • Program for Research Experience in Pathology (PREP)
      • Genetics Summer Research Program
      • Medical Student Summer Research Program (NIH T35)
    • UAB Undergraduate Science & Technology Honors Program
      • Initiated Fall 2005 , students receive UAB Graduate School admission and 2 years’ funding on successful program completion and UG degree
    • New PhD Training Pathways
      • PhD - MBA Program (initiated AY05-06)
      • HHMI Med into Grad Initiative ( translational research, 1 of 13 awarded nationally)
      • Pathway for Advanced Research Training in Science (PARTS) Residency/PhD Program (Pathology dept, in development)
    • Office of Postdoctoral Education
      • Advertises open postdoc positions, oversees funding levels, benefits, policies, career development activities, etc
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB graduate initiatives
    • Graduate Initiatives & Resources
    • School of Medicine
    • Research Strategic Plan 2006
      • Graduate Education and Clinical Research Training Initiatives (funding, new interdisciplinary programs, etc)
      • Office of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Shelby Bldg, anticipated Spring 2006
      • GBS website and other recruitment initiatives
    • Graduate School
      • New Graduate School Dean (Bryan Noe, PhD)
      • New UAB recruitment funding awards available to all graduate programs (Spring 2006)
      • Graduate School Office service upgrades
      • Graduate School website redesign, other communications initiatives
      • Professional Development Programs
      • Graduate Student Research Days (March 2-3, 2006, Hill University Center)
      • UAB Industry Roundtable
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB graduate initiatives
    • Graduate and Other Training Resources
    • School of Medicine
    • Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences http://138.26.45.18/bmg/portal/portal.html
    • Medical Student Summer Research Program http://www.uab.edu/uasom/wcimg/t35application.doc
    • Graduate School http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=1183
    • Graduate School Office 934-8227
    • Dean, Bryan Noe, PhD, 975-8852 [email_address]
    • Associate Dean, Life Sciences, Susan Rich, PhD, 996-4835, [email_address]
    • Graduate Programs http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=24831
    • Graduate Faculty Application, 934-0656 http://www.uab.edu/graduate/gradfac/index.htm
    • Minority Fellowship Programs, Wanda Jordan, 935-2495, [email_address] http://www.uab.edu/graduate/apply/acrobat/minority-schol.pdf
    • Summer Undergraduate Research Programs http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=30027
    • Office of Postdoctoral Education 975-7020, http://www.postdocs.uab.edu/
    • UAB Science & Technology Honors Program 996-5701 http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=81656
    Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences @ UAB graduate resources