Here you can find lots of different resources to help you prepare for graduate school. Topics include GRE preparation, asking for letters of recommendation, researching graduate programs, and preparing graduate school applications. Use these resources to help you at every step of the way!
- A PowerPoint presentation that provides a general outline of the GRE and tips on how you can effectively prepare to take the exam!
- A short guide to asking professors for letters of recommendation. It also includes a sample request for a letter that you might want to review before talking with your professors.
Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Graduate Fellowship Training Program
The HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Training Program provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students and recent graduates interested in working on Hispanic health research. Fellows would get the opportunity to work alongside a mentor, assist with a research project as it relates to minority health issues, and participate in profession development seminars.
For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.hshps.org/programs/gftp
Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at the University of Arizona
The BMCB Graduate Program has a vibrant and progressive tradition of excellence in training outstanding students to reach their full potential in research and teaching in the biological sciences. They offer a diversity of research opportunities in a wide range of experimental systems: developmental biology, molecular genetics, cellular signaling, virology, cancer biology, transcriptional regulation, neurobiology, structural biochemistry, genomics and proteomics.
Detailed information about our program may be found at http://bmcb.biology.arizona.edu/.
First-year students enter the program through the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences (ABBS) umbrella program, which allows students to explore labs in eight different programs, including BMCB, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Cancer Biology, Genetics, Immunobiology, Medical Pharmacology, Physiological Sciences, and Plant Sciences. Students complete a first-year rotation program before choosing an advisor and graduate program in the spring of the first year. Application instructions can be found at: http://abbs.arizona.edu/. Please note that the deadline for fall 2015 admission is December 1, 2014.
MARC Scholars are entitled to an application fee waiver.
Predoctoral Research Training Grants
Here is a listing of the predoctoral research training grants on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) website. These programs are among the strongest in the country. NIGMS supports graduate research training in 12 areas relevant to its mission:
- Behavioral-Biomedical Sciences Interface
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
- Cellular, Biochemical, and Molecular Sciences
- Chemistry-Biology Interface
- Molecular Biophysics
- Molecular Medicine
- Pharmacological Sciences
- Systems and Integrative Biology
- Medical Scientist (M.D.-Ph.D.) Training Program
The Web page for each listed program provides the name and contact information of the program director of each predoctoral research training grant.
Postbaccalaureate programs are typically 1-2 year programs or a series of courses that help students who have just graduated with their bachelors, prepare for graduate or professional school application. There are many types of postbac programs in many different areas of interest. Below is a document created by Alice Bradley, the MARC U-STAR Program Coordinator, to help guide students through the process of preparing and applying to postbac programs in the biomedical setting. It includes information about how to get started and what to consider as one goes through the process. More information.
- Applying to a Postbac Program 2015
- Below is an opportunity that is available. We will continue to update information as it becomes available to us.
- Joint Post-Baccalaureate Program (JPP) in the areas of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. This program includes:
- One year or two year program with the option of pursuing the Masters, including one summer
- Full academic year stipend, (10 months each academic year) full tuition waiver, full summer stipend and $2000 travel fund
- Advanced key undergraduate or graduate classes in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Earth and Planetary Sciences
- Participation in independent research
- Mentoring by faculty, near-peers and other program advisors
- Preparation for graduate school application
- GRE preparation
- Professional and career development activities
- Social and collegial activities Please go here to learn more about JPP and Washington University in St. Louis:
Please visit the sites below for more information.
Interesting article from NIH Record about the importance of Mentor Relationships
Information from the Mentoring and Diversity Workshop
Presented Feb. 12th, 2016 and sponsored by NIGMS MARC U-STAR award (#4T34 GM096958) and a CU Denver Diversity and Inclusivity Initiatives Fund award. Video below includes presentations from:
- Dr. Brenda J. Allen- vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, CU Denver
- Dr. Bob Damrauer- Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities, CU Denver
- Dr. Sonia Flores- Professor and Director of the Graduate Experiences for Multicultural Students Program, CU Denver School of Medicine
Here are some helpful resources below:
- A Handbook for Faculty Mentoring from LSAMP Indiana
- Entering Mentoring- A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists from The Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching
- Benefits and Challenges of Diversity in Academic Settings from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- The Research Mentor Training Seminar by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching