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posted 11.9.2010

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program

This is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports their education, including full tuition and a very generous stipend while they are in school.

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics.   

A SMART brochure is can be found here. The application web page is at  The application deadline is December 2010 for the 2011 school year.  SMART provides:

  • Full Tuition – to any accredited U.S. University
  • A very generous stipend while in school
  • $25,000 for undergraduates
  • $33,000 for masters candidates
  • $33,000 to $41,800 for doctoral candidates
  • Book allowance – $1,000
  • Health Insurance 
  • Paid Summer internships
  • All required student fees
  • Travel fees for internships 

Summer internships at the facility/laboratory are required.  In return for fully funding their education, students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory, or similar activity, for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school.  Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense facility/laboratory upon graduation. 

There will be approximately 300 new awards this year.  A list of SMART fellows from previous years is listed by University at:

Fact: The University of Illinois is one of the top schools of SMART recipients.

Additional applicant and SMART related questions can be answered via:

            Phone:  (202) 331-3544

posted 11.9.2010

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine - VMD-PhD Combined Degree Training

Rabbits help lower cholesterol. Cats may lead to a breakthrough in the AIDS epidemic. And dogs have taught doctors new heart surgery techniques. Even lobsters help scientists understand Parkinson's disease. Since the turn of the century, animal research has helped wipe out such diseases as smallpox and polio while increasing the human lifespan by 28 years. Whether it's fighting epilepsy, finding a cure for Alzheimer's or making progress in brain and spinal cord trauma, the link between human health and animal health is absolutely crucial.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine provides an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinary scientists through our combined VMD-PhD program. It's an excellent way for you to continue your education while impacting the future of medicine for humans and all species. Who knows what today's research could do for future generations? Find out more by visiting

posted 11.9.2010

PiBS Update

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Good afternoon,

We’re excited to announce that the University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) has developed a video overview of our program so that you can learn all about PIBS and Ann Arbor from the mouths of our students and faculty.  

You can check out the full video or short clips on the main PIBS website:

You can also find it on YouTube and Facebook!

Please feel free to share this new resource with your students when discussing Michigan for their graduate studies.

Tiffany Porties

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posted 11.9.2010

Clinical Laboratory Science program OSF St. Francis Medical Center Peoria, IL

They take 6 students per school year, college seniors from affiliated schools or graduates who meet their science prerequisites.

From their program director:

"We have over the past couple of years had several of your MCB graduates successfully complete our 11 month medical technology program.  They all have proved to be excellent, motivated students and employees.  We currently have one graduate in this year’s program." ... "Clinical laboratory science is a challenging healthcare career that can build on the academics your MCB graduates have gained at the University.  There is a national shortage of certified medical laboratory scientists, and these people are in demand to work in the clinical setting."

Their competitive application process is currently in progress until December 1st for next year’s class.

posted 9.21.2010

PULSe Fall Open House on Friday, November 5, 2010

I am writing from Purdue University to invite your junior and senior undergraduates to the PULSe Fall Open House on Friday, November 5, 2010. This open house serves as an opportunity to introduce your students to the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program (PULSe).  PULSe provides opportunities for an interdisciplinary graduate experience in the basic life sciences for Ph.D. students.

I am calling upon you to provide this information to those students you think would benefit from an information session about the PULSe program. Our day of activities will include a meet the faculty session, lunch with current students, and a tour of lab facilities. Your students will gain exposure to some of the life science research being done at Purdue, while they are also given an opportunity to talk with faculty and students to familiarize themselves with the PULSe Program.

Some of the highlights of PULSe:

  • All students admitted to PULSe receive paid tuition and an assistantship for the entire first year of study to allow them to complete core requirements and participate in laboratory rotations. The level of support in subsequent years will meet or exceed the level of support provided in the student’s first year.
  • P ULSe students carry out research rotations in FOUR labs for periods of SEVEN weeks each in Year 1, two rotations in Fall semester and two in Spring.

An invitation to the PULSe Fall Open House on Friday, November 5, 2010 appears below.  Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your life science students and faculty or distribute the invitation as you wish. 

All RSVP’s should be e-mailed to Dr. Colleen Gabauer, Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, at Should you have any questions about the Fall Open House or the PULSe Program, please feel free to call 765-494-9256 or visit


Please join us at the PULSe Fall Open House to learn about graduate study in the life sciences at Purdue. 
At this event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the
Purdue University
Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program.

Event: Fall Open House for undergraduate students to learn more about the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program (
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Room 202, Stewart Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Activities: Meet the faculty session, lunch with students, and tour of lab facilities.
Contact and RSVP: Dr. Colleen Gabauer at or 765-494-9256. Upon receipt of your RSVP, directions and event details will be sent directly to you. If you need special accommodations, please contact us as soon as possible. NOTE: lunch and refreshments will be served.

posted 08.26.2010

Registration is open for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo September 26-27, 2010.

Students will:

  • Get an inside look at graduate school and the application process
  • Receive advice about funding opportunities
  • Network with representatives from more than 50 of the nation’s top graduate institutions
  • Attend a premier graduate school fair

This two day mini-conference is especially designed for students interested in graduate education in:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Other science-related disciplines.

posted 08.17.2010


I am writing to invite your students to apply to the MIT CONVERGE Program, an on-campus graduate school preview weekend held from November 4-7, 2010. Online applications are available at This year’s application deadline is *August 31, 2010*.

The program mission seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented and underserved students in MIT's graduate programs. To achieve its mission, the program :

* Selects candidates who form a strong, talented applicant pool
* Exposes selected students to MIT's graduate programs, facilities, and campus life
* Connects participants with MIT faculty, staff, graduatestudents, and other CONVERGE students involved in the graduateschool admissions process
* Covers all expenses for the preview weekend

Participants are selected by MIT faculty and invited to campus to learn about the Institute and graduate student life. Successful applicants are notified by email inviting them to attend the CONVERGE fall weekend. Expenses for all invited students will be fully paid.

Program features

*Advice from MIT faculty, staff and students, including feedback on application materials
*Information on graduate student life
*Graduate admissions session with department admissions chairs
*Tours of MIT campus and the Boston/Cambridge area
*Meetings with faculty and department visits
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*Program Eligibility *
*US citizens, permanent residents, or students attending a US college or university
*Students should be within 1-2 years of attending graduate school and have strong research skills
*minimum 3.5 grade point average
*genuine interest in obtaining a PhD

A complete application consists of the following materials:
*application form
*unofficial undergraduate transcripts (students must submit official transcripts if invited to participate in the program)
*two (third optional) strong faculty recommendation letters

Thanks in advance for your assistance in notifying strong potential student applicants about this excellent opportunity to familiarize themselves with graduate life at MIT. You may contact the program office ( < with any questions.

Gail Rock

Coordinator -- Diversity Initiatives, CONVERGE, Amgen Scholars Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, W31-223
Cambridge, MA 02139
P: 617-253-2620
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posted 07.30.2010

University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)

Link to the Spring 2010 issue of the e-newsletter.

PIBS is an interdisciplinary gateway program that coordinates admissions and first-year studies for 13 participating Ph.D. programs. Please take a moment to read Welcome to PIBS and The Essential Guide to Ann Arbor - both offer concise, printer-friendly overviews of all that our program and city have to offer!