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George Washington University - Biomedical Sciences

The George Washington University / National Institutes of Health (GWU/NIH) Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences offers Ph.D. degrees in three areas: Biochemistry and Systems Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; and Molecular Medicine. Within Molecular Medicine, the student may specialize in Neuroscience, Oncology, or Pharmacology. The graduate program utilizes the expertise of the graduate faculty at the George Washington University and the research expertise of NIH scientists. This partnership promises students the unique opportunity to exploit the rich network of collaborations between scientists working at both sites.

During the first year of study, students are enrolled in a core curriculum in Biomedical Sciences that includes the study of proteins and macromolecules, nucleic acids, cell biology, information processing, and related topics. They then proceed to core curricula in the three Ph.D. degree areas designed to introduce them to the specialty field in which they may pursue the Ph.D. At the end of the first year of study, students choose their dissertation mentors and individual Ph.D. program, and plan a program of study including courses specific to their discipline with the Program Advisor. Additional seminars and special lectures are available at both campuses. Students in the NIH partnership program complete laboratory rotations at the NIH and GWU.  They may choose to do their dissertation research in an NIH lab or to work on a collaborative project between laboratories at NIH and GWU.  By the end of the second year, the student should have completed all coursework and be fully engaged in dissertation research.

The total student body of GWU includes more than 15,000 full-time gradaute students.  Students selected to participate in the GWU-NIH program are actually part of a larger group of graduate students in the GWU Program in Biomedical Sciences, where enrollment during recent academic years was approximately 60 students.  There are over 370 graduate students at NIH from more than 100 universities.  While at NIH, graduate students enjoy services and activities sponsored by the Graduate Partnerships Program that build a strong graduate student community, similar to that of a university campus.

Research Opportunities

The NIH intramural program has over 1200 investigators, many of whom participate in or would like to lead the training of graduate students.  Students should refer to the Mentor website to help identify laboratories of interest to them (NIH Investigators).  Stan Lipkowitz, the NIH Partnership Director, works with students to help match them with potential mentors for laboratory rotations.

ATTENTION APPLICANTS! - (Updated 15 July 2017)

Students wishing to be considered for Fall 2018 admission into this partnership need to submit an application to the GPP by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017 at 11:59pm ET. References must submit their letters of recommendation by THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.  A separate application to George Washington University must be submitted by their deadline.

Partnership Directors

NIH Partnership Director

University Partnership Director

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