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2010 Counselor’s Workshop. Important Information To Provide Prospective Students About the OUHSC Graduate College. Graduates make significant contributions as: Academic institutions in research and administration Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies Hospital leaders

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2010 Counselor’s Workshop

Important Information To Provide Prospective Students About the OUHSC Graduate College

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  • Graduates make significant contributions as:

    • Academic institutions in research and administration

    • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies

    • Hospital leaders

    • Government agencies at federal, state, and local levels

    • Specialized clinicians

    • Consulting firms

    • Philanthropic and non-profit organizations

Job Opportunities with Graduate Degrees

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Website of Interest for Students Interested in a Science Career

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  • Outstanding research on campus Medical Colleges


  • FY 2009: $140 million in external funding to OUHSC

    • Now in the 4th year of strategic plan that focuses on Cancer, Diabetes, Infectious Diseases, and Vision/Neuroscience

    • Students can have mentors at OMRF

  • Expand Clinical and Translational (CTS)Research

    • Goal to improve health by bridging bench and clinical research

Why Choose OUHSC?

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  • All programs are Medical Colleges

    acceptance based

  • MS Thesis/Comprehensive

  • Exam track program dependent

  • Graduate College offers MS & PhD degrees in 35 programs housed in all six professional colleges on campus

    • Pharm Sciences MS and PhD: OU Tulsa

    • Nursing MS: OU Tulsa and other selected

    • sites across the state and country

OUHSC Graduate Programs

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  • 563 students enrolled in fall 2010; 562 graduate faculty members

  • Involved in research projects totaling over $31 million in extramural grants

  • Contributing authors on 75 peer-reviewed papers

  • Presented over 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings

  • Student travel awards through GREAT Symposium awarded $22,000 in travel monies in 2010

The OUHSC Graduate CollegeStudent Data

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  • Allied Health Sciences members

    • Medical Dosimetry: MS

    • Allied Health Sciences: MS/PhD

    • Nutritional Sciences: MS

    • Communication Sciences and Disorders: MS/PhD

  • Medicine – Biomedical Sciences

    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: MS/PhD

    • Cell Biology: PhD

    • Microbiology: PhD

    • Neuroscience: MS/PhD

    • Pathology: PhD

    • Physiology: MS/PhD


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  • Medicine members

    • Combined MD/PhD

    • Radiological Sciences: MS/PhD

    • Genetic Counseling: MS

    • Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS)

      • 1-yr interdisciplinary program

      • Non-degree granting leading to PhD

  • Dentistry

    • Orthodontics: MS

    • Periodontics: MS

  • Graduate College Interdisciplinary

    • Clinical and Translational Science: MS

Programs, cont’d

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  • Nursing members

    • PhD

    • Nurse Administration/Management: MS

    • Nurse Educator: MS

    • Clinical Nurse Specialist: MS

    • Nurse Practitioner: MS

    • Post-Master’s Certificate

  • Pharmacy

    • Pharmaceutical Sciences MS, PharmD/MS, PhD

  • Public Health

    • Biostatistics and Epidemiology MS/PhD

    • Health Promotion Sciences MS/PhD

    • Occupational and Environmental Health MS/PhD

Programs, cont’d

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  • Set yearly by State Regents members

    • Graduate student tuition: $162.20/hour plus university fees

    • Graduate Out-of State tuition: $428.10/hour plus university fees

  • All departments are granted tuition waiver monies

Tuition & Tuition Waivers

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  • Listing of funding sources members

  • Financial Aid lists scholarship opportunities


  • Matching of an independent fellowship by the Graduate College

    • Graduate Assistantships

Funding Opportunities

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  • Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) members

  • Fall 2010: N=220

    • Primary responsibility is the research effort on campus – minimal Graduate Teaching Assistants

    • GRAs eligible for non-resident tuition waivers

    • Must work 10-20 hours/week

    • Work related to program of study

    • Enrollment Required: 6 hrs/ 6 hrs /3hrs

    • Receive stipend of $6,000-$22,000/year

      • Program dependent

  • Appointment as GA outside program of study as long as appointment applies to program of study

Graduate Assistantships

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  • Extremely important for biomedical science programs! members

    • Cell Biology

    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    • Microbiology and Immunology

    • Physiology

    • Pathology

    • Neuroscience

  • Research interests of OUHSC biomedical science faculty found online at

Undergraduate Research Experience

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  • OU Norman students may volunteer or enroll for hours credit intercampus through Norman campus

  • Students from external institutions may volunteer or enroll for credit if approved by their institution.

    • BMSC 4990 – Maximum 6 hours

  • Process outline at ~ Policies and Procedures ~ Volunteers

  • Participate in Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP)

New Volunteer and Credit Procedure for Biomedical Science Undergrads

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  • Freshman/Sophomore Year intercampus through Norman campus

    • Must have 3.0 to be accepted in full standing to OUHSC Graduate School

      • Admission on probation (2.75-2.99 GPA) with departmental approval

      • Some departments do not allow admission on probation

    • Stress the Importance of Undergraduate Research Participation

      • Best sophomore or junior year!


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  • Encourage participation in OUHSC Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP)

    • SURE

    • InBre

    • NARCH

  • Take GRE in summer between junior and senior year

    • Expected score varies between departments

    • Specific information located on Graduate College website at ~Prospective Students~ Student or Counselors~ Graduate Programs~ Graduate Program Requirements

Timeline – JUNIOR YEAR

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  • Application deadlines vary by department Research Programs (SURP)

    • December is latest for most programs!

    • Found online ~ Prospective Students ~ Graduate Programs ~ Graduate Program Requirements

  • Recommendation Letters

    • Science/Math Instructors

    • Research Mentors

  • Goals/Purpose Statement

    • Extremely important to be clear and thorough

Timeline- Senior Year

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  • Counselors: Research Programs (SURP)

    • ~ Prospective Students~ Counselors

Where to Quickly Locate Information

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New This Year!

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  • Jane Bowers, PhD, Assistant Dean: Research Programs (SURP)

  • Karolyn Ruffin, BS, Special Programs Coordinator:

  • Melissa Pinkston, GPiBS Coordinator :

  • Cheryl Walk, Summer Undergraduate Programs Coordinator:

  • Departmental information found on Graduate College website at

Important Contacts