APRIL 28, 2005 | A new doctoral program to give students an understanding of all the basic sciences is being offered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine starting this fall
Applications are being accepted for the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences program, which is based on the fact that a strong understanding of all the basic sciences is the backbone of biomedical research.
The program is designed to offer flexibility for students who haven’t found which research area matches their interests and career goals. The IBS is a multi-departmental program with specialized tracks that provide students the opportunity to receive in-depth and integrated training across several areas of biomedical research.
“The interdisciplinary program fills a niche for students unsure of their research interest, exposing them to the focal areas of the biomedical sciences,” said UAMS Graduate School Dean Robert E. McGehee, Jr., Ph.D. “At the same time, these students gain a better understanding of the interrelationships between the physical, chemical and biological sciences.”
In the first year of the program, courses include biochemistry, gene expression, cell biology and pharmacology/toxicology. By the end of the first year, students choose a doctoral advisor and elect to enter an interdisciplinary track in the IBS Program.
Interdisciplinary tracks in the program include cancer biology, cell biology, cellular and molecular immunology and immunopathology, infectious disease, neurosciences, pathobiology and therapeutics. In addition, tracks specific to each of the basic science departments are also available, including biochemistry, physiology/pathology, pharmacology/toxicology and microbiology.
Students accepted into the IBS doctoral program receive a tuition waiver and a stipend of $18,500.
For more information about the program, contact Kristen Sterba, Ph.D., coordinator and recruiter for graduate students, at (501) 526-7396, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences program: http://www.uams.edu/IBS
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