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The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is preparing to welcome its first class of students to its PhD program in biology in the fall of 2012.

“We are actively recruiting promising students from around the world to pursue innovative and creative research in the biological sciences,” says Ana Pedraza, PhD, head of student affairs for The Graduate School. “In addition to scientific maturity and demonstrated research experience, we look for curiosity and a strong enthusiasm for science that can carry prospective students through for the duration of their graduate studies.”

The first semester of the program will be comprised of intense modular courses that emphasize critical reading and writing while exposing students to a wide range of techniques to solve basic biological problems. The second semester will consist of three rotations through Stowers laboratories, which broadens students’ knowledge of research conducted at the Stowers Institute and enables each student to choose a dissertation laboratory.
Thereafter, students will pursue their doctoral research in a dynamic and prestigious Stowers laboratory, while continuing to receive extensive support from a mentoring faculty member and The Graduate School office. The program strives for degree completion within five years from matriculation.

“The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research will offer its students a unique education that will prepare them to be strong, creative, and independent researchers,” says R. Scott Hawley, PhD, dean of The Graduate School.