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Prospective Students

The Biomedical Sciences at West Virginia University Health Sciences Center have a long history of excellence in graduate education.  Our goal is to give students a strong start and then provide them the resources to achieve their own goals.

  • All students have a faculty advisor until they choose their dissertation mentor, so that a system of mentorship is always in place.
  • Graduate school begins with a week-long orientation that helps students develop as a team, meet a variety of potential faculty mentors, and develop key skills for success in the first semester curriculum.
  • All students use the Individual Development Plan (IDP) to develop and monitor their acquisition of key transferable skills for success.  The student and advisor revisit the IDP annually.
  • Our laboratories are small for personal, one-on-one training.
  • Excellence in mentoring is stressed with all faculty and programs to enhance their skills and improve the advisor/student relationship.
  • We support strong core facilities to allow all students access to state-of-the art equipment and expert advice to conduct their experiments and learn new techniques.
  • Students in good academic standing are supported in their dissertation laboratory for the duration of their time in graduate school.
  • Students take a scientific writing course and are educated in writing grant applications.
  • Students are provided multiple opportunities to present their research.
  • All students graduate with at least one first author publication. 
  • All students complete an Experiential Learning course to provide guidance in discerning a career and to better inform their research questions.