#UFBIOMED21 Admissions Information and Updates

BMS PhD Program Concentrations
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#ufbiomed21 virtual recruitment events and information

  • October 1 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST: Prospective Student Q&A via Zoom
  • October 7 & 21 at 6:30 PM EST: Neuroscience Concentration Open House (click here to register)
  • October 21 – 23 TBA: Meet our BMS Concentrations and Faculty – Zoom links for each concentration will be emailed to those who have submitted a RSVP form
    • Wednesday, October 21st – Physiology and Functional Genomics Concentration @ 12 PM EST, Cancer Biology Concentration @ 1 PM EST, Neuroscience Concentration 6:30 PM EST
    • Thursday, October 22nd – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration @ 10 AM EST, Pharmacology and Therapeutics Concentration @ 1 PM EST, Immunology and Microbiology Concentration @ 3 PM EST
    • Friday, October 23rd – Molecular Cell Biology Concentration @ 10 AM EST, Genetics Concentration @ 3 PM EST
  • November 6 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST: Overview of Health Science Center Institutes, Graduate Training, and Training Grant & Fellowship Opportunities

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Program Requirements

  • What are the program minimum requirements? 3.0 GPA, a year or more of research experience, applicants must have taken general biology and chemistry, including organic chemistry and biochemistry.
  • What are the GRE requirements? Due to current GRE testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the BMS will provide a GRE waiver for applicants seeking 2021 admission.
  • What will my first year in the program include? The first year will consist of foundational or customized courses and up to 3 research laboratory rotations to prepare students to select their concentration and mentor. Students have the option to select their mentor and concentration following any of the 3 research rotations.

Financial Support

  • What is the current stipend amount? For 2021-2022, the yearly stipend amount is $29,702
  • Is health insurance provided? Yes, all graduate assistants in the program are eligible for GatorGradCare insurance. There is a $10 monthly premium for the insurance.
  • Am I responsible for paying my tuition costs? No, the BMS program offers tuition waivers for all students in the program for the duration of their education.
  • Will I be required to teach as part of my assistantship? No, we do no require our students to participate in teaching to support their assistantships. However, students will have opportunities to volunteer to earn academic teaching credit for participating in leading mentoring groups, and research paper discussions.

Student Resources

  • What support or resources are available to diversity students? The BMS program supports a diverse and inclusive research and education environment for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation. There is a diversity and inclusion group that meets frequently and is chaired by students in the BMS program . In addition, the UF Graduate School has an Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives dedicated to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented graduate students.
  • Are there career and professional development resources available to students? Yes, students in the Graduate Student Organization facilitate a Career Development, Distinguished Lecturer series, and organize several research symposium, including the UF Diversity Graduate Research, and Translational Cell Biology. In addition, the UF Graduate School, Office of Graduate Professional Development provides resources to help students hone skills and gain experience in key areas that spell success in graduate education and beyond.

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