Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
The IGPBS provides the first year core curriculum for PhD graduate students interested in becoming biomedical researchers. The core curriculum consists of courses in Proteins and Metabolism, Molecular Genetics, Cell Structure, and Cell Communication and focuses heavily on critical evaluation of published literature. Two additional courses - Introduction to Research Ethics and Biographics - and basic science department interaction days, complete the fall semester. The students are introduced to potential mentors looking for students through the Faculty Research Series in the first quarter (August - October) after which they complete three, eight-week rotations. At the beginning of year two, students select a thesis and research adviser. Depending upon the faculty member chosen, a student will receive a PhD in one of eight doctoral degree granting programs. Students admitted to the IGPBS program receive an annual stipend of at least $27,000, plus a tuition waiver, with similar financial support throughout their PhD program. Students may also apply for fellowships that in some cases provide a larger annual stipend (e.g. Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship, Kansas University Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences). Alumni who have been awarded with a fellowship may be viewed on our departmental awards page.
Students admitted to the IGPBS may choose among the following PhD programs in which to receive their degrees.
- Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
- Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Department of Cancer Biology
- Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Immunology
- Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
- Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
- Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics
- Neuroscience Graduate Program
The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is a strong supporter of the IGPBS and many of the Stowers researchers also have appointments to the graduate faculty at KUMC.