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Dean's Message

Welcome to The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research! 

As we designed this quite novel predoctoral research program at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, we had but one objective: create a stimulating interdisciplinary program for predoctoral researchers who have a demonstrated ability to do scientific research that immerses them in an environment built upon cutting-edge investigation in many facets of modern molecular biology.

Achieving that vision led us to design a research-based program that emphasizes immediate immersion in research, coupled with mentoring in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Our first goal is to quickly provide predoctoral researchers with a strong background in essential new technologies (such as proteomics and high-resolution imaging) and increasingly important new approaches (such as computational biology) that are the basis for forefront research in areas such as chromosome biology, developmental biology, epigenetics and gene expression, and neurobiology.

Our second goal is to place predoctoral researchers in research laboratories over the course of three rigorous rotations. This experience is designed to both widen their knowledge of research programs at the Stowers Institute and help each predoctoral researcher choose a laboratory for his or her dissertation-level research. At the culmination of this goal, predoctoral researchers will be settled in a dissertation laboratory by June of their first year, with their sole commitment thereafter being to a rigorous research project.

The third and final goal of the program is to assist each predoctoral researcher throughout his/her time in the program to make full use of the state-of-the-art core services to complete a research project that makes an important contribution to a significant biological problem, and prepare a publication-ready manuscript to complete the program. As a result of this work, the young scientist will further develop as a strong, creative, and independent thinker.

Given these goals, we are looking for a very special type of individual. Drawing from a wide pool of aspiring scientists in the U.S. and abroad, we are looking for motivated individuals with demonstrated excellence in research. For some successful applicants that will mean undergraduate or post-baccalaureate biological research experience, while for others the experience will come from research projects in math, computer science, or physical sciences.

We encourage you to explore the exciting opportunity of research at Stowers. Just as the Institute itself began as a well-planned experiment in how to build a first-rate research institute (that is now highly successful), our predoctoral research program is an innovative and exciting new experiment in preparing the next generation of scientists. Because we are “all about the research” in every aspect of the Stowers Institute, we invite you to consider being a part of the graduate experience.

We will continually update this site with information. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our staff members at

We look forward to hearing from you.

R. Scott Hawley, Ph.D.
Dean, The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research
American Cancer Society Research Professor
Investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research