We have some great workshops coming up for students that I wanted to draw your attention to:
Navigating the application process for professional health programs
Each workshop will focus on a specific application process, admission requirements, preparing for standardized tests, utilizing the centralized application services, and financial aid for each profession
Additionally, Career Services is hosting:
Pre-Health Advisory Committee Interview Prep | April 19 | 3:00-4:00pm | Alumni board room, Student commons
Planning on going through the Pre-Health Advisory Committee process? Attend this workshop to learn how to be successful.
Finally, we have a new event this year:
Is MD/PhD right for me? | April 25 | 6:00-7:00pm | MCALC Academic Learning Commons 1102
Michael Donnenberg, M.D. is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training at the VCU School of Medicine and director of the VCU MD-PhD program. He is a physician, scientist, educator and administrator. Prior to coming to VCU he directed the MD-PhD program at the University of Maryland. His talk will focus on the physician scientist career path, describing what physician scientists do, how they train for their careers, and what undergraduates should do to decide whether to pursue this path and how to prepare to apply for MD-PhD programs.
We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-33) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.
A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist. The St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was recently established to offer training in leading-edge scientific fields paired with unique mentoring in the St. Jude clinical experience. Highly motivated POE students would have opportunities to join the inaugural class of the Graduate School in August, 2017. More information about graduate education at St. Jude is at https://www.stjude.org/graduate-school.
Prior research experience is required for all POE program applicants. The POE 2016 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.85. In 2016, 68 students from 51 schools in 24 states and Puerto Rico were selected from over 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. POE medical students spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The subsistence allowance will be $400/per week for undergraduates, and $480/week for all others. Fully furnished group housing will be provided at no cost for non- local participants.
The POE home page contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2017 application materials is February 1, 2017. Early application is highly recommended, since completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-37S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.
Certification opens up doors to a lot of new opportunities. Why wait until graduation to start working in the industry. Start building experience now! We’ve invited representatives from several healthcare employers their tips and tricks on getting certifications in healthcare as an undergrad. Panelists will discuss the various application processes, cost, and completion times for several certification programs.
Volunteering is a key component of of admission to many healthcare professional programs. Join us as a panel of volunteer coordinators from local healthcare organizations offers tips on how to choose the right volunteer opportunities for you and how to get involved with their organizations.
Writing a personal statement can be tough. How do you begin? What if you don’t understand the prompt question? What if there are no prompt questions?
Our highly-interactive workshop introduces students to writing a personal statement for their application to a graduate or professional school, Teach for America or any other program which requires at Personal Statement. We will cover the key points to consider and steps in the process. We will teach you strategies to help you understand the prompt questions, organize your ideas, and draft a compelling statement that will help you stand out from other applicants.
Note: You only need to attend one workshop.
These workshops are presented in partnership with the VCU Writing Center.
Hello, I’d like to tell you about the Biomedical Sciences Programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). We offer a Ph.D. Program, a 2-year Research Master’s Program and a new 16-month Biotechnology Master’s Program. Our students get rigorous scientific training in both the classroom and in unique hands-on laboratory courses. They get lots of personal attention from faculty mentors in their research labs. Our students learn to evaluate and understand the research literature, present their work orally at regional and national scientific meetings, and are trained in scientific writing, including practice in writing grant proposals.
The Ph.D. program offers a competitive stipend ($26,500/year), 100% tuition and fee waiver, and free health insurance. Many of our Ph.D. graduates enter postdoctoral positions at large research institutions like Duke, University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health. Some of our Ph.D. graduates are teaching at colleges and universities, while others work in industry. The average time to graduation is 5.75 years. The application deadline for the Ph.D. program is January 13, 2017. By that date, we must receive all materials.
We also have a terrific 2-year Research Master’s program, which is very similar to our Ph.D. program. All of its graduates have found good jobs in biotech companies and universities, or have gone on to further education. Our Biotechnology Master’s Program is a unique 16-month curriculum focused on hands-on technical training in cutting-edge technology to prepare graduates for employment. It includes 6 months of internship training at a biotechnology industry partner and/or at EVMS. All the graduates in the program’s first class are employed, some in companies where they interned. More information on the Master’s programs can be found on the EVMS website (links below). The early application deadlines are March 1 and April 1. The final deadlines are May 15 and June 1.
Details of our admission requirements and application procedures for all programs are found on our web pages (below).
http://www.evms.edu/education/masters_programs/biomedical_sciences_research_masters_program/ (Research Master’s program)
http://www.evms.edu/education/masters_programs/biotechnology_masters_program/ (Biotechnology Master’s Program)
Please contact me if you have additional questions.
Margaret A. Morris, Ph.D. | Associate Professor
Director, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs
Eastern Virginia Medical School
700 W. Olney Road |Lewis Hall 2126 | Norfolk, Virginia 23507|
Phone: 757-446-5891|Fax: 757-446-7339|* email@example.com|