AVB Training Program Details:
Recruitment and Selection of Trainees
As required by the College, students first apply to a specific department and are then recommended by the department for admission to the Graduate School. The criteria for admission to the Graduate School is uniform throughout Baylor and depends on evaluation of grades, GRE scores and letters of recommendation. First-year graduate students are required by all departments to do three or four laboratory rotations (6-8 weeks each) before selecting a preceptor. Students accepted into degree granting programs, in which our research training program has faculty representation, will be given a brochure containing information on the research interests of the program faculty. The student may then include a member(s) of the program faculty in their rotation schedule if he/she might be interested in a predoctoral training position.
If a student selects one of our faculty preceptors to become his/her permanent preceptor, the student will be considered for a predoctoral training position. This arrangement will preclude the possibility that research training program funds are expended to support first year students who then chose not to do their research in the laboratory of a program faculty preceptors. The student will be interviewed by the program director and co-director.
The results of this interview, transcripts of graduate and undergraduate work, letters of recommendation used for admission to graduate school, and a letter from the faculty member with whom the student has rotated, will be presented to the Internal Advisory Committee for consideration. The Internal Advisory Committee will then select the best qualified candidates for the open positions. The Internal Advisory Committee is aware that certain laboratories and training areas will be more popular than others and may have multiple applicants. The Internal Advisory Committee will, however, take great care to ensure that the available positions are distributed as evenly as possible among the various participating faculty.
Applicants for the postdoctoral training positions are required to supply their undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation including one from their thesis advisor, and copies of any representative publications or published abstracts. The Internal Advisory Committee will review these documents and several candidates for each position will be invited to give a public seminar on their thesis work in the appropriate department. All members of the Internal Advisory Committee will be in attendance. The candidates will then be interviewed by the program director and co-director and the program faculty preceptor for whom they wish to work. The results of these interviews will be presented to the Internal Advisory Committee who will then make the final selection for filling the position. The Internal Advisory Committee will be sensitive to the issue of ensuring a fair distribution of trainees among the various participating preceptors.