Graduate students in the college will have a new opportunity this fall. Doctoral students earning a degree in molecular bioscience, neuroscience or immunology/infectious disease can now be part of a new gateway programĀ Integrated Programs in Biomedical Sciences (iPBS).

For doctoral students pursuing a degree in molecular biosciences, it means access to a wider range of educational resources and faculty mentors, said John Nilson, professor in the School for Molecular Biosciences who is spearheading the program. They will also learn skills to help them succeed in a variety of professions.

“They will learn more than just how to be good scientists,” said Nilson. “It will give our students new skills and tools to pursue a variety of professions that require a scientific background.”

After earning their doctoral degrees, students will be well-equipped to pursue careers in science policy development, science communication, patent law, educational research, or as researchers in industry or academia. The doctoral component is the foundation that supports the professional development component, said Nilson.

The program will begin mid-July with a professional development leadership retreat followed by three laboratory rotations that begin in summer and end in December.

“The program emphasizes professional development,” said Nilson. “We are training them to be consummate professionals who are committed to a life-time of learning and serving.”