Life Beyond the Lab
We recognize that all your interests and commitments – whether raising a family, honing musical or artistic talents, competing in sports, or leading community service initiatives – not only make you a better human being; they make you a better scientist.
There is no getting around the fact that earning a Ph.D. is a huge commitment, but you will still have time and opportunity to develop the other aspects that make you who you are.
Health and Wellness
Maintaining your physical and mental health is critical to your success as a student and throughout the rest of your life. Our on-campus gym, physical and mental wellness programs support you throughout your time at BCM.
The city of Houston boasts the highest total acreage of park land among the nation’s ten most populous cities. Outdoor recreational spots include 350 parks; 95 miles of nature, hiking and bike trails; three state parks nearby; and water recreation within a short drive at the Galveston beaches, Clear Lake, Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston.
The Ombuds Office is a confidential, informal, independent, and neutral place to discuss concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and increase skills regarding communication, negotiation and problem-solving.
"The most surprising thing to me about Baylor has been how healthy the environment is. I'm naturally a workaholic. My PI has really been encouraging me to get out of the lab and take care of myself. It has been really great for keeping my stress at healthy levels."
"My mom told me I need to work for the tourist office of Houston because I try to convince everyone to move here. I couldn't imagine going back to live somewhere without the diversity of restaurants, events and activities now that I have become accustomed to living in a community with such a rich variety of cultures. Other cities may offer as much to do as Houston, but the extremely low cost of living here means that you can actually take advantage of everything the city has to offer as a graduate student."
"Before I started graduate school I did not think much about diversity in an academic setting. At BCM I'm surrounded by students from many different countries and backgrounds. The diversity here has improved my communications skills, my ability to work in teams and my ability to problem solve. I think it has just made me a better all-around person."
Students with Disabilities
BCM is committed to providing equal educational access for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws. Student Disability Services provides students with disabilities access to needed resources so that all students are afforded every opportunity to do their best work.
"Everyone is going to see the same problem a little bit differently depending on where they grew up, their religion or other factors. Hearing all these different views helps you get out your own box and think differently."
Several students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, share their BCM experience. View their videos below: