Graduate School

These resources are starting points for thinking about graduate school in the biomedical sciences.

Graduate School Information

Background research on graduate programs is essential. Programs vary widely in their organization and in their requirements for the degree. Careful research should take into account the reputation of the university, the graduate program and of the faculty doing research in your area of interest.

Similar information can be found on the websites of other UW programs:
McNair program,
UW Career Center.

Graduate School Catalogues and Rankings

General information about the graduate programs are important, though other factors may be more important. The Universities reputation and research funding levels are indicative of the graduate student experience.

Researching Investigators

Beyond the first year of graduate school, your chosen PI and project is paramount in your graduate experience. Since science is mostly conducted in the open and the UW has access to the majority of important biomedical journals, research faculty members by visiting their website and by looking up their publications on PubMed.

Diversity in Higher Education

Information for groups underrepresented in science graduate programs.

Career Considerations

There is genuine need for more science and technology education and for a more diverse scientific workforce. However, the current system does not match program size to future career opportunities in the field. Only a fraction of Ph.D.s will eventually find work at an academic institution. Entering a program with an eye toward a future career is a good idea.

It’s also worth considering some different opinions on graduate school: