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Why earn a Ph.D. degree in the MICaB Program?

  • The MICaB Graduate Program provides a collegial and highly collaborative environment. Our faculty are outstanding and are committed to fostering your growth as a scientist. You will perform cutting edge research using state of the art techniques and equipment. This environment will permit you to quickly become proficient in many aspects of biomedical science.

  • Perhaps the best advice I received when I first joined the faculty here was to “find a tribe.” Humans are a tribal species. We need other like-minded individuals to thrive. MICaB provides an ideal “tribe” for graduate students because the program supports your professional and personal growth. You will find other MICaB students whose company you enjoy and whose personalities you admire.

  • Scientists are competitive almost by definition. You’ll find we are highly competitive, too, but not internally. The level of collaboration among our students and faculty is truly phenomenal. For example, we have group emails through which you can request advice or reagents. Almost invariably some one will respond and if you request a reagent, they will share it with you. We recognize that the success of one helps the whole.

  • Several years ago the more senior MICaB graduate students decided to “pay it forward” by helping the more junior students prepare for their required student seminars and preliminary examinations. This was entirely the students’ idea and their peer advising was invaluable. This tradition continues and is another example of how cohesive our program is. This cohesiveness extends to our alumni, as they stay in touch with each other and us, and are willing to network with current students.

  • The MICaB Career Development Program is run by MICaB students with some faculty input. The Career Development Program regularly brings in speakers and hosts activities that allow our students to explore the diverse career tracks for which a MICaB Ph.D. degree prepares them. Often the speakers are MICaB alumni that remained local or have been brought back at our expense. These interactions allow current and former MICaB students to network (see above).

Numerous independent organizations recognize the quality of the University of Minnesota, the MICaB Program, and the program’s components. Some examples follow.

  • The University of Minnesota consistently ranks among the nation’s top research universities, as assessed by The Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University. As befits a top tier research university, we have state of the art facilities for sequencing, imaging, etc. You rarely have to go off campus to meet a research need.

  • The American Society of Virology recognized the outstanding nature of the Microbiology track in the MICaB Program by asking us to host their 30th Annual Meeting in 2011.

  • The American Association of Immunologists recognizes the outstanding nature of the Immunology track in the MICaB Program by having us teach their annual Advanced Course in Immunology. Also Thomson Reuters recently (April 2011) ranked the Immunology program among the top 30 in the world.

  • The National Cancer Institute recognizes the outstanding nature of cancer care and research being done by many members of the Cancer Biology track in the MICaB Program by designating the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are in a select group as there are only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country. Cancer biology students are exposed to the entire gamut of cancer research: basic, translational and clinical.

  • The NIH funds numerous training grants on which MICaB faculty serve as mentors. These training grants are only awarded to successful programs. They help fund our trainees and because they are competitive, being a recipient of one looks good on your curriculum vitae (but please note your financial support is NOT dependent on receipt of a training grant). You may be eligible for one or more of the following training grants here: 1) Cancer Biology Training Grant, 2) Chemistry-Biology Interface Predoctoral Training Grant, 3) Developmental Biology Training Program, 4) Immunology Training Program, 5) Medical Scientist Training Program, 6) Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program, 7) Training for Future Biotechnology Development, Musculoskeletal Training Grant, 8) Training in Lung Science, 9) Training in Neuroimmune/ Neurobehavior Addiction Research, 10) Translational Research in Neurobiology of Disease Training Program, and 11) Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology Training Grant.



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