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Annual Barbecue

Students, staff, and faculty and families welcome our first-year graduate students at our annual barbecue in Krepps Park.

Biomedical Research Building

The new Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Building (four stories) opened in 2008 and features an open laboratory design. Read More

One on One Training

Outstanding new and established investigators direct relatively small research laboratories populated primarily by graduate students allowing for one on one training.

Research Induction Day

Unique to doctoral research training at the national level, this ceremony features second-year graduate students who receive their first laboratory coat from their faculty mentors. Read More

Wild and Wonderful

A picturesque state with abundant outdoor activities. West Virginia hosts world class white-water rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Read More

Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences, comprised of seven degree-granting programs, that reside in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

7 Ph.D. Degree-granting Programs

As an incoming student, you will:

  • receive a stipend of $25,000 with full university tuition and school scholarship, and graduate student health insurance;
  • start your graduate studies with an orientation that will prepare you to successfully transition into graduate studies, interact personally and at social events with faculty and resident students, and enjoy the outdoors;
  • take, in the 1st semester, three courses-a foundation's course emphasizing cell biology, some biochemistry, and integrated sciences, a journal club focusing on cellular methods, and scientific ethics-and in conjunction conduct three lab experiences.
  • have the option of opting out/testing out of portions of the Foundation course and substituting independent study with a faculty investigator;
  • have the opportunity to match with a faculty mentor upon matriculation or conduct rotations for a semester or 9 months with available mentors before matching with a mentor;
  • have the opportunity to transition into a graduate program by January of Year 1 and start program-specific coursework and activities in the spring semester or wait until May of Year 1;
  • take a course in scientific writing during the summer of Year 2; and
  • have the opportunity to participate in seminar series, workshops, and field experiences focused on non-academic careers.  The Beyond the Laboratory program takes advantage of many existing programs at WVU and has designed new field experiences with industries and WVU centers.

Why WVU?

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