University of Iowa

College of Medicine

Biosciences Program


The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Biosciences Program provides graduate students the freedom to explore research training in any of the 12 University bioscience research departments or programs: the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology and Biophysics and the Programs in Free Radical and Radiation Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience.Students enjoy the flexibility of investigating several disciplines before deciding on a thesis project leading to the Ph.D. degree by performing three research rotations in the laboratories of any of the Biosciences Program faculty, regardless of their departmental or program affiliation. Following completion of the first year it is expected that graduate students will be able to select a research laboratory and program affiliation.A combination of University of Iowa support and revenue from the Carver Trust and training grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides a stable and long-term source of funding for graduate students making satisfactory progress. Biosciences Program students receive a guaranteed stipend ($21,500 in 2004-05), full tuition, fees, and medical insurance allowance.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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