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Biomedical Graduate School: A Planning Guide to the Admissions Process

Author(s): David McKean, PhD, Mayo Clinic
Ted Johnson, PhD, St. Olaf College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763760007
  • Paperback    168 pages      © 2009
Price: $46.95 US List
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Many undergraduate students who have an interest in science careers do not receive appropriate information on how to identify potential career options or maximize opportunities during different periods in their academic development.  Biomedical Graduate School: A Planning Guide to the Admissions Process identifies what college students need to do throughout their undergraduate education to become competitive for and be accepted into biological or biomedical PhD or MD-PhD programs.  This book guides students step-by-step through the many facets of the graduate school admissions process, including assisting students in identifying potential career options, the interview process and how to maximize their academic credentials, determining which extracurricular activities and research experiences they need to attain, and much more.  Biomedical Graduate School: A Planning Guide to the Admissions Process is a must-have resource for the undergraduate student planning to successfully move on PhD or MD-PhD program.

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Identifies what college students need to do throughout their undergraduate education to become competitive for and accepted into their desired PhD. or MD-PhD. program.

Describes the application and interview process in detail and coaches students on how to maximize their academic credentials.

Provides strategies to help applicants select an education program that will enhance their career options, or if they are not accepted their schools, improve their credentials for subsequent application rounds.

Helps students identify potential career options that align with their intellectual interests, abilities and personal quality of life issues.

Chapter  1  There are so many career pathways in science—how do you identify your options?
Chapter  2  How much education do you need?
Chapter  3  Preparing for graduate school as an undergraduate
Chapter  4  Undergraduate research experience—how to get started
Chapter  5  Selecting where to apply to graduate school or medical school
Chapter  6  The Application Process for PhD and MD-PhD programs
Chapter  7  Getting past the paper applications and evaluating live applicants—the interview process
Chapter  8  Appointment processes for PhD and MD-PhD programs
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David McKean, PhD-Mayo Clinic

David McKean, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Immunology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During his thirty years as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded investigator on the research faculty of Mayo Clinic he published 134 peer-reviewed research publications and was actively involved in PhD and MD-PhD education programs both as a student mentor and administrator. His academic administrative responsibilities included Dean of Mayo Graduate School, Chair of the Mayo Immunology Department, and Admissions Committee member of both the Mayo Graduate School PhD program and Mayo MD-PhD program. He also participated as a reviewer of graduate and postgraduate fellowship applications and faculty research grants sponsored by the Howard Hughes Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and National Institutes of Health.

Ted Johnson, PhD-St. Olaf College

Ted Johnson, PhD is a Professor of Biology and the Director of the Biomedical Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Ted has been involved in undergraduate education and advising students for thirty five years. He is the chair of the Health Professions Committee which prepares committee evaluations for students pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, and other vocations in the biomedical arena. He has served as Chari of the Biology Department and was the Associate Dean of Students. He has participated as a reviewer of graduate fellowships applications sponsored by the Howard Hughes Foundation and undergraduate research grant applications for the National Science Foundation.

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