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GPiBS

(
G
raduate

P
rogram

i
n

B
iomedical

S
ciences)

is

offered

through

the

Graduate

College

at

the

University

of

Oklahoma

Health

Sciences

Center
.



All

students

complete

course

work

and

then

select

a

specific

program

or

department

for

their

Ph
.
D
.

research

in

biomedical

science
.






Participating Departments




Adjacent

to

the

OUHSC

campus

in

Oklahoma

City

lies

OMRF,

a

non
-
profit

research

institution

whose

exclusive

mission

is

biomedical

research
.



Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Cell Biology

Microbiology & Immunology

Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience

Pathology

Physiology

GPiBS

OUHSC Laboratories Span
Diverse Research Areas


Vaccine development


Transplantation


Cardiovascular disease


Metabolic disorders


Autoimmunity


HIV



Neuroscience


Diabetes


Cancer


Arthritis/Inflammation


Alzheimer’s disease


Aging


Psychopharmacology


Typical Path for GPiBS Students

Apply and get accepted to GPiBS

Classes
-

Journal Clubs
-

Seminars
-

Lab Rotations

Pick a Lab

Continue Coursework and Take Qualifying Exam

Formulate a Research Proposal

Carry out Research, Present Findings and Publish Papers

Year 1

Defend Dissertation and Receive PhD

Year 2

Years 3,4,(5)

Apply and Get Accepted to GPiBS




Complete the online application
(https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=uok
-
hs)



Print a copy of completed application and send the
following to Brenda Callahan (address listed on
GPiBS website):





Printed Application


Official Transcripts


3 letters of recommendation


Goals/Purpose Statement


GRE Scores


International Students also need to send TOEFL Scores
and WES review


GPiBS Admission Requirements


Undergraduate degree in relevant area


3.0 GPA in last 60 credit hours


GRE required


Foreign applicants
-

≥213 TOEFL


3 letters of recommendation


Purpose/Goals statement


Courses Strongly Recommended

Before Entering GPiBS


Biochemistry


1 semester


Organic Chemistry with lab


2 semesters


Physics


1 semester


Calculus


1 semester


Upper Division Biology classes such as:


Physiology, Cell Biology, Molecular
Biology, Immunology, Microbiology…


GPiBS Program
-

Year 1


Fall semester


Molecular systems I and II (M
-
Th 8:30
-
11:00)


Cellular Systems I and II (M
-
Th 8:30
-
11:00)


Three journal clubs of choice (Friday 9
-
10)


Scientific integrity (Friday 10:30
-
11:30)


Two laboratory rotations


Spring semester


Immunology (2)


Molecular basis of disease (1)


Integrative physiology (1)


Neurobiology (1)


Seven other selective courses from a wide range of topics


One and possibly two laboratory rotations


Laboratory Rotations
-

Year 1



Picking Rotation Mentors during first year


Mentor list for laboratory rotations can be found on
the GPiBS website
http://w3.ouhsc.edu/gpibs/


Program Faculty
link allows you to look over the research
interests of over 80 current mentors (the list is always
expanding)


Choose a laboratory and enter a specific
department for the remainder of your studies
and research training



How Do I Pay for
Graduate Education?


Full tuition waiver



Stipend
-

$21,500 per year



Health Insurance benefits


Research Scholar and
McNair Awards


NSF EPSCoR Scholars Program


$5,000 award for outstanding applicant (salary supplement for
first year)


GPiBS Research Scholar Award


$2,000 award for up to three GPiBS students at end of first year
(travel, meetings, books…)


McNair Scholar Award


$5,000 stipend supplement for 4 years


$500 in either travel or research support


Must have successfully completed an undergraduate McNair
program and have at least a 3.50 grade point average in the last
60 hours of undergraduate coursework



http://w3.ouhsc.edu/graduate/wordfiles/McNair_Allumni_Awa
rds.doc


Numerous Career Options


Academic Research


Teaching


Government sponsored research


Industry sponsored research


Pharmaceutical Industry


Biotechnology


Government Agencies


Health management and policy


Forensics


Homeland Security


Many others
-

CDC, USDA, EPA, FBI, CIA…

Summer Research Opportunities


Undergraduate Research Internships




SURE Program (
S
ummer
U
ndergraduate
R
esearch
E
xperience)


INBRE Summer Research Program


NARCH


Visit GPiBS website and contact
potential mentors directly







Allows undergraduate students to perform

research and gain valuable experience

Summer Research Opportunities




Applicants must have completed two years of
undergraduate study at an institution in the
United States and must be in good standing.



A record of high academic achievement in
science course work is expected.



Two letters of recommendation from faculty
mentors or instructors are required.



A one page statement of career goals is
required that includes a brief discussion of
the applicant’s interest in biomedical
research.

QUALIFICATIONS

Summer Research Opportunities




SURE,

INBRE,

and

NARCH

summer

programs

last

nine

weeks

during

the

months

of

June

and

July
.


Participants

will

devote

a

minimum

of

40
-
hours

a

week

to

the

program
.


Participants

arrive

in

Oklahoma

City

on

the

weekend

preceding

the

start

of

their

program

where

they

will

begin

orientation

sessions

that

will

include

training

for

laboratory

safety,

radiation

safety,

library

resources,

etc
.





ORIENTATION

Summer Research Opportunities




Participants

will

have

the

opportunity

to

enroll

in

three

semester

hours

of

undergraduate

credit

in

Advanced

Studies

in

Biomedical

Research

-

BMSC

4113
.

Tuition

will

be

waived
;

however,

students

will

be

responsible

for

all

applicable

fees
.


All

summer

programs

provide

stipends

of

at

least

$
3
,
000
.


Application

deadlines

are

February

1
st
,

2007

for

SURE

and

NARCH

and

November,

2006

for

INBRE
.


COURSE CREDIT, STIPEND, and DEADLINES

Summer Research Opportunities




Additional details about the SURE and the
NARCH programs, including the application
materials, may be found online at
http://w3.ouhsc.edu/graduate/Summer_Pro
grams.htm



Details about the INBRE program and its
application materials may be found online at


http://www.okinbre.org/


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

GPiBS General Information


Over 80 research
laboratories to choose
from


Applications are
examined on an
ongoing basis until all
positions are filled


Please visit our website
for more information

http://www.ouhsc.edu/gpibs


Located in Oklahoma City


Contact Information


Graduate Program in Biomedical
Sciences

940 Stanton L. Young Blvd.

P.O. Box 26901, BMSB 332

Oklahoma City, OK 73190


405.271.2406 (tel)

405.271.2418 (fax)

email:


brenda
-
callahan@ouhsc.edu


cheryl
-
walk@ouhsc.edu