Advantages of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Getting a Ph.D. is a serious endeavor so choosing the right graduate school is a major decision. The Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is among the top 10 percent of American graduate schools according to U.S. News & World Report. Explore the advantages of our program.
Learning from the Best
The best learning experiences come from working with leading scientists. Among our faculty are members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Many of our faculty hold leadership positions in professional organizations, are members of grant review panels at the National Institutes of Health and the Nation Science Foundation, and serve as editors for journals. Our faculty also publish in high-quality journals and are invited speakers at national and international meetings.
Commitment to Education
Baylor College of Medicine recognizes that training tomorrow's scientific leaders requires new approaches that respond to the rapid changes in biomedical research. A GSBS curriculum committee, which includes student representation, evaluates and updates the curriculum on a regular basis. Baylor also sponsors a wide range of courses for faculty to improve teaching skills and recognizes the College's best educators with prestigious honors.
The Graduate School core courses are taught by faculty who volunteer for those assignments because of their enthusiasm for and commitment to teaching.
Our students receive a competitive stipend, a tuition scholarship, and health insurance at no cost to the student. Stipends will increase over the next several years as shown below:
$30,000 for Academic Year 2016/17
$31,000 for Academic Year 2017/18
$32,000 for Academic Year 2018/19
Optional Student Teaching
For graduate students at GSBS, student teaching is an option, not a requirement. Individuals who are interested in teaching can serve as teaching assistants for graduate student courses, but those who do not wish to teach can jump quickly into doing research.
Baylor has dedicated more than 800,000 square feet of its space for laboratory research, and is adding another 322,000 in the next few years. According to the National Science Foundation, Baylor spends more on research and development in the life sciences than any other research institution. Housed within this research space are exceptional centers and facilities, such as:
- Baylor's Human Genome Sequencing Center
- Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center
- Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center
- Center for Cell and Gene Therapy
- Huffington Center on Aging
- National Center for Macromolecular Imaging
- W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology
- State-of-the-art core facilities, including microscopy, DNA sequencing, microarray, and protein profiling
- Baylor also has one the largest mouse facilities in the country and more mouse models for human disease than almost any place else.
Research at Baylor College of Medicine
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The most dynamic health research environments of the future will focus on translational research--moving discoveries from the lab to the patient. The interconnectedness of BCM's graduate school faculty and physicians makes translational research a natural occurrence in labs and clinics throughout Baylor. This collaborative spirit also extends beyond the College to include joint projects with experts at other institutions, including many of the top-ranked hospitals in the Texas Medical Center and educational institutions like Rice University.
Beyond the Science
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor is a great place for those who want to be challenged intellectually and work collaboratively. In addition to the cutting-edge science conducted here, there are many aspects of the school that blend to create an exciting environment and good quality of life for students.
- Collaboration is a hallmark at Baylor. Throughout the College there is a sense of excitement and an energized atmosphere
- Diversity is found among the students, faculty, and the citizens of Houston
- Most students complete the required classroom courses in one year and student teaching is an available option, not a requirement
- Support is available to students during training and as they prepare for getting to the next step of their careers
- Research opportunities are endless within the College and the Texas Medical Center, the largest incorporated medical center in the world
- Houston offers a unique blend of big-city benefits and small-town community
- A competitive stipend of $30,000 goes far given Houston's low cost-of-living