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.
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.
- Institutional funding level data can be informative in assessing viability of a graduate program and the quality of the investigators:
- GradSchools.com database of graduate programs
- Peterson’s Guide
- U.S. News information and rankings
- Consus Rankings
aggregates many of the graduate school rankings.
- Princeton Review
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.
- Graduate Education for Minorities
- Minorities in Engineering
- Minorities in Higer Education
- More Graduate Education
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.
- Council of Graduate Schools
- articles from Science Careers:
It’s also worth considering some different opinions on graduate school: