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About the Graduate School

The Graduate School, created by the scientists of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, stresses critical thinking and the rapid development of experimental prowess.

History of the Program

The Graduate School was created by the scientists of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research to complement the mission of the Stowers Institute, “To make a significant contribution to humanity through medical research by expanding our understanding of the secrets of life, and by improving life’s quality through innovative approaches to the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases.”

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research was established in 1994 through the extraordinary generosity of cancer survivors James “Jim” E. Stowers Jr., the founder of American Century Investments, and his wife Virginia G. Stowers, who dedicated their personal fortune to improving human health through foundational research. The Graduate School welcomed its first class in the fall of 2012.

Portrait of Stowers Founders, James E. Stowers Jr. and his wife Virginia
Two scientists examining a test tube

Notable discoveries from Stowers laboratories appear regularly in the leading peer-reviewed journals in biomedicine. Stowers scientists have established the Stowers Institute’s international reputation for the highest quality foundational research aimed at finding answers to some of the most important questions of human biology, health, and disease.

The faculty of the Graduate School includes Principal Investigators, Heads of departments, and Technology Center Directors from the Stowers Institute. They have each earned a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent), and are internationally recognized scientists. Each faculty member is considered a leader in their field, and many have developed the methodologies that allow much of the current effort in their respective field of study.

The Graduate School welcomed its first class in the fall of 2012. Each year a new class of predoctoral researchers joins the program. The program now has thirty graduates and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Learn about the history of the Stowers Institute on the Institute’s website.

About Stowers Institute

The Graduate School Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research guides and consults with the school on its overall mission and its role within the Institute.

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The principles that guide us

With a singular dedication to graduate education in fundamental biological research, the mission of GSSIMR is clear and broadly understood within the school and among its faculty and predoctoral researchers. The mission documents guide the culture of the school and inform all operations, particularly the curricular offerings and education programs.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is to prepare a superb cadre of predoctoral researchers from around the world for the pursuit of innovative and creative investigation in the biological sciences.

Vision Statement

The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research will prepare a select group of young scientists whose truly transformative and integrative approaches to research will revolutionize twenty-first century biology.

Program Values

The program focuses on extending the ability of predoctoral researchers through hands-on laboratory experience that highly stresses critical thinking in combination with in-depth training in the latest methodologies.

Program Philosophy

The Graduate School is designed to provide exceptionally talented predoctoral researchers with mentorship and hands-on experience to refine their abilities to carry out independent biological research. The program emphasizes research as the primary component and seeks applicants with strong records of research as undergraduates and postgraduates. In addition, it is important that the predoctoral researchers come to GSSIMR with a high level of general knowledge and are willing to pursue the growth of that general knowledge on their own time.

Commitment to Equality

The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all. We continually strive to create a culture where predoctoral researchers, research scholars and summer scholars have equal access and equal opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender or LGBTQ+ identity.

Inside and outside our walls, GSSIMR stands opposed to all forms of discrimination and racial injustice. We acknowledge that the roots of systemic racism throughout society are deep and tangled, and that bias and discrimination still exist within a scientific research community where not all scholars have equal access or recognition. While opposing blatant injustice in the world around us, we remain steadfastly committed to equality within our own program and to the long-term goal of dismantling all forms of discrimination in science.

The School welcomes persons from all backgrounds and beliefs to join our community. We seek to create and foster a sense of community that facilitates the development, both personal and professional, of all our members, including predoctoral researchers, summer scholars, applicants, faculty, and staff.

The School is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons and does not discriminate or retaliate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, military status, marital status, or any other status protected by law (“protected status”). This Policy extends to admissions, employment (as set forth in the Equal Employment Policy), housing, services, and in the other educational programs and activities that the School operates (collectively “programs and activities”). Harassment, whether verbal, non‑verbal, or physical, that is based on any protected status constitutes a form of discrimination if it denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the School’s programs and activities. This Policy covers employees, predoctoral researchers, summer scholars, applicants for employment or admission, contractors, vendors, visitors, guests, and participants in School sponsored programs and activities (collectively, the “School Community”). (GSSIMR Nondiscrimination Policy 943, 2020)

More About the Graduate School

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Retention, Persistence, Completion, and Placement

The Graduate School tracks retention, persistence, completion, and placement outcomes.

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Enrollment Profile of Our Predoctoral Researchers

GSSIMR fosters a culture of respect through diversity of citizenship, ethnicity, race, gender, age, and experience of predoctoral researchers.

Enrollment Profile

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Campus Security

Campus Security provides a safe and secure learning environment for all program participants, faculty, staff, and guests of the Graduate School.

Campus Security

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Our Research Campus

The Graduate School is housed on the 10-acre campus of the Stowers Institute in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.

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About Beautiful Kansas City

Kansas City is ranked in the top 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S. according to U.S. News (May 23, 2022). Kansas City is an excellent place to live for job opportunities, affordable housing, top-rated colleges, pro sports events, incredible arts and culture, and—of course—some of the best barbecue in America.

Kansas City Community

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Policies & Protocols

Program participants, faculty, and staff comply with the policies and protocols of the Graduate School.

Policies & Protocols

Accreditation & Certification

The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Graduate School is certified by the State of Missouri to operate as an institution of higher education in the State of Missouri. Authority comes from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. GSSIMR reapplies for certification to operate each year.

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Non-profit status

GSSIMR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, incorporated in Missouri with a primary mission of providing graduate education relating to medical or scientific research, with an emphasis on innovative research techniques. The Stowers Institute for Medical Research (“SIMR”), a Medical Research Organization as defined in the Internal Revenue Code, is the sole corporate member of GSSIMR. GSSIMR and SIMR are members of the Stowers Group of Companies which is a unique group of interrelated nonprofit and for-profit organizations, each of which pursues different goals in furtherance of a common mission to make a significant contribution to humanity through medical research.

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