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Graduate School and Ph.D Programs

Case Western Reserve University Molecular Medicine PhD

This PhD program is very unique as it is an academic partnership between the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). This program brings clinical relevance to laboratory research. As a student in this program you will get to work on disease oriented programs that include cancer, cardiovascular, neurologic, musculoskeletal, eye, allergic and immunologic, metabolic, genetic, infectious diseases and more. Also all students accepted into the Molecular Medicine program will receive $28,500 a year stipend (effective 2016) and free tuition throughout their graduate training. All students admitted into the program will also have core curriculum books and laptop provided. Student health insurance will also be provided through CWRU.

If you’re interested in learning more about the program please fill out the information through the Molecular Medicine PhD Interest Form, visit their website or contact Rebecca Windover, Recruiting and Administrative Coordinator, for further information. Their application is due on January 15th.


The Structural Biology and Biochemistry Ph.D. Program (STBB) at the University of Colorado-Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus 

The STBB program is currently accepting applications (due Dec 1) and is hoping to grow both their applicant pool and program for the Fall of 2016.  For further information, refer to the program flyer, website or contact Elizabeth Wethington, (, Lead Program Administrator.

STBB is one of the strongest programs of its kind in the country and one that will provide outstanding training for a career in the varied areas of Structural Biology and Biochemistry. The Program is supported through the graduate school and has access to state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training in technologies that include NMR Spectroscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics, Peptide/Protein Chemistry, Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Graduate student training and progress are carefully monitored to ensure completion of the Ph.D. degree in a timely fashion.


Washington University's doctoral program in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.  

  • Application is now available and they do not charge an application fee! 
  • They have released a short film about their graduate programs. Please take a moment and check it out here-
  • Questions? Most of your questions can be answered at their website under the Prospective Students Tab in the PhD Admissions section under Frequently Asked Questions. You can reach us at 1-800-852-9074 or

The goal of the Division is to develop the next generation of leaders in the biological and biomedical sciences. Washington University consistently ranks in the nation's top five in federal funding for biomedical research, and several of the Division's graduate programs are placed among the country's 10 best. 

Explore a Michigan PhD November 12-14, 2015

The Astronomy &Astrophysics and Earth & Environmental Sciences programs invite junior and senior undergraduates, particularly from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the sciences to visit for a preview event.  This event is an all expanses paid opportunity to explore graduate education, admissions workshops, meet world-renowned faculty and current graduate student and learn about life in Ann Arbor.  Students from associated fields including but not limited to Chemistry, Biology, geology, mathematics and Physics are also encouraged to apply.

For more information, email and for students who would like to apply to attend this event,

The application deadline is September 28, Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.  Travel, lodging, and on-campus meals of students attending will be fully paid.


Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education(DiVERGE) at Scripps Research Institute

For a second year, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) – Jupiter, Florida campus will be hosting a Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education(DiVERGE)for undergraduates interested in biomedical research careers. The program is designed to give interested students an in-depth preview of undergraduate research opportunities at TSRI and an understanding of graduate education in the chemical and biological sciences. Travel to the TSRI campus in Jupiter, Florida, as well as all food, lodging and other expenses will be paid by TSRI for the selected students.

When: October 14-15, 2015

Application deadline: September 16

Selection notification: September 23

DiVERGE is especially geared toward students from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds, including individuals from low-income families or first-generation science students. The program is also geared toward students enrolled in liberal arts colleges, as well as Florida universities and colleges.

Eligibility is limited; students who are selected will participate in:

  • research and career discussions with TSRI faculty, doctoral students and graduate program alumni;
  • guided tours of the state-of-the-art biomedical research laboratories;
  • discussions about the: graduate education experience;admission process to graduate school;undergraduate research internship opportunities.

DiVERGE details and student application forms can be found on line:

Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Cheryl Marra:


Michigan Chemistry Opportunities for Research and Education (M-CORE)

Michigan Chemistry Opportunities for Research and Education (M-CORE) preview weekend on Sunday & Monday, November 8 & 9, 2015.  Students are nominated by a faculty member at their home school.  The M-CORE weekend is an opportunity for students and their accompanying faculty mentors to enjoy the Michigan experience by visiting our Department of Chemistry as part of a group of ~10 highly qualified prospective Chemistry graduate students and ~5 of their mentors for an all-expense-paid weekend.  Our visitors will all:

• Meet faculty and current graduate students

• Hear research presentations by Chemistry students

• Tour our cutting-edge research facilities and the University campus

• Get patent advice on how to assemble a competitive graduate school application

For more details and to apply please visit the program's webpage at  Questions can be emailed to  The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 18, 2015.

The MU PREP Scholars Program
The University of Missouri (MU) has an NIH-funded post-baccalaureate program (NIH PREP) that is designed to prepare recent underrepresented BA/BS graduates, or students who will have earned their BA/BS by May, for entry into competitive PhD programs in biomedical relevant disciplines. MU PREP provides a highly mentored environment that includes an individualized research experience, targeted but limited coursework, and professional development including GRE preparation and assistance in the graduate application process, with a stipend of $27,200. The specific mix of activities is individually designed to meet the needs of each Scholar. We just received our second renewal of this program that will fund MU PREP through 2017.

University of Pennsylvania - Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS)
BGS consists of seven graduate groups: Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Genomics & Computational Biology, Immunology, Neuroscience , and Pharmacology . Our graduate programs are highly interdisciplinary and flexible in structure, thereby encouraging integrative and focused investigation. BGS students enjoy a wide range of supplemental training and social activities sponsored by their graduate program, its associated departments, and the central BGS office. Most graduates successfully pursue careers in academic research, while others embark on careers in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, government research, science journalism, patent law, and other associated fields.

Details are available at our website:

We are pleased to announce that WE WILL WAIVE THE $80 APPLICATION FEE for all applicants who participate in the McNair, MARC scholars, MBRS-RISE, Ivy Plus STEM Symposium, NIH PREP, or Leadership Alliance programs. To request a waiver, please email me at prior to submitting your application.

Application information and tips for biomedical sciences at Michigan
In addition to considering "Why choose a Michigan PhD?" and reviewing the PIBS program overview, they should know the following: 

Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at the University of Arizona
We are pleased to provide you with information on the 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. The strength of our program is widely recognized and has earned uninterrupted NIH support for our T32 training grant for 16 years.  We 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.  These are integrated by an interdisciplinary faculty, working in a supportive environment that offers cutting-edge research facilities housed in new and state-of-the-art research buildings in Tucson, Arizona. Our graduates go on to outstanding postdoctoral fellowships and careers in academics, industry, government and law. 

Detailed information about our program may be found at

Considering a Ph.D. in Neuroscience?
Neuroscience at Princeton University offers a unique, laboratory-focused course of study spanning molecular, cellular, systems and cognitive neuroscience.  For details, including contact information, please visit our webpage at: 

University of Iowa: Medical Scientist Training Programs (MD, Ph.D)
The Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) provides training for both the MD and PhD degrees in an environment that integrates graduate research training with clinical studies. The Iowa MSTP has a long-standing reputation for excellence in its 35 years of NIH funded training of physician scientists. The MSTP promotes an educational atmosphere which highlights the interconnections between science and medicine. The goal is to produce physician scientists whose talents and insights will make major impacts on health care delivery in the 21st century. For details, including contact information, please visit our webpage at:

Biosciences Program at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
The Biosciences Program is a multidisciplinary entry program for 17 PhD degree granting programs at The University of Iowa. Our graduate training program provides students the flexibility of investigating several disciplines including biomedical and basic sciences prior to affiliating with a specific degree program. For details, including contact information, please visit our webpage at:

University of Michigan Medical School
The Program in Biomedical Sciences offers you the flexibility and convenience of applying to any of our participating programs through one application. We welcome applications each year from September through December 1. Although PIBS is a highly selective program, every application is carefully reviewed and evaluated. We work diligently to put together a motivated, diverse, and academically strong class of incoming students every year.

Strong candidates will possess:

  • Extensive research experience in a laboratory setting, including published abstracts or papers
  • Strong letters of recommendation from lab mentor
  • Motivation to pursue research in a resource-rich, interdisciplinary environment

Chemistry-Biology Interface Graduate Program At Johns Hopkins University
The CBI Program brings together 31 faculty from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Public Health and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and provides a diverse selection of research projects for CBI students. In order to assist them in choosing a research advisor, first year graduate students are supported by a NIH Chemical Biology Training Grant. During this time the CBI students carry out three 10-week research rotations that enable them to broaden their research skills and make informed choices of research advisors.

Continuing Education for Native Students at UCSD
For any tribal member that matriculates into a UCSD masters or PhD program, UCSD covers tuition and fees for up to 2 years, and provides an $18k stipend in addition.  Applicants have to have a valid tribal ID card and a letter of verification from the tribal leader/chair of tribal education committee.  The program also applies to Native Hawaiians.

Stanford Fee Waivers and SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program

The application for graduate programs in the Biosciences at Stanford is now open.  As in past years, we are offering fee-waivers (valued at $125) to students from diverse backgrounds.  Applicants who are members, in good standing, of several minority research programs are guaranteed a fee-waiver. Students can visit here to obtain instructions on applying for the fee-waiver.