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GSBS Report. David W. Niesel, PhD Interim VP & Dean, GSBS. Operating Principle. Interim = Inactive National Context for Graduate Education. Biomedical Research & Training is Changing. Federal R&D and State Budgets are challenging

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gsbs report

GSBS Report

David W. Niesel, PhD

Interim VP & Dean, GSBS

operating principle
Operating Principle

Interim = Inactive

National Context for

Graduate Education

Biomedical Research & Training is Changing

Federal R&D and State Budgets are challenging

Biomedical research is becoming more translational / interdisciplinary

“Convergence” is becoming

a reality

Graduates are competing

for a diverse range of jobs

NIH is examining the biomedical

workforce. ACD – 2 reports to

the NIH Director this past year







NIH Director

Biomedical Workforce Working Group

GSBS: Shorten Time to Degree

Coursework – defining requirements, gateway courses, new teaching modalities

Accountability Entity Frequency

Milestone Agreement UT System (6/13) Annual

Compact: Mentor and Student GSBS-AAMC (Curr) Candidacy

Individual Development Plan NIH (10-14) Qualifying Exam

NIH will Require Development Plans

To help graduate students and postdocs achieve their career goals, NIH expects grantees to:

Develop and implement institutional policies requiring Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for every graduate student and postdoc supported by any NIH grant.

Starting October 1, 2014, report IDP use in progress reports, no matter the type of NIH grant that's used for support.

NIH encourages institutions with IDP policies already in place and using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) to start reporting IDPs after October 18, 2013.

GSBS: Shorten Time to Degree

Coursework – what is required, gateway courses, new teaching modalities

Accountability Entity Frequency

Milestone Agreement UT System (6/13) Annual

Compact: Mentor and Student GSBS / AAMC (Curr) Candidacy

Individual Development Plan NIH (10-14) Qualifying Exam

Financial Support

GSBS Support & Bridging

Fellowship Incentives

Funding Bootcamps (F30, F31 all NIH ICs starting April 2014)


Minority Supplements (templates)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Increase Postdoctoral Fellow Stipends – March 2014 – 0 level - $42,000

Individual Development Plan - required for all NIH supported postdoctoral fellows

Tracking of all trainees supported on any NIH funding – Coming

Shorten Eligibly Period and increase support for K99/R00 awards (Feb, 2014)

Texas Workforce Management – starting 10-2013

gsbs postdoc certificate program
GSBS Postdoc Certificate Program

The curriculum provides unique courses within the 7 different certificates:

  • Advanced Biomedical Research Strategies
  • Advanced Academic Management Skills
  • Effective Teaching & Mentoring
  • Translational Research Team Management
  • Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Translational Burns Research
building diversity
Building Diversity

Bridges to the Doctorate


Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP) [6/13 to 5/17]

BUILD – NIH Directors Grant

This grant provides resources for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged student development and provides stipends for students in the SURP. The BUILD initiative aims to increase diversity by supporting collaborative programs that enhance undergraduate education, training, and mentorship, as well as infrastructure support and faculty development to facilitate those approaches

1. TAMUCC [planning phase - 9/13 to 5/14]

2. UTB [planning phase - 9/13 to 5/14]

interdisciplinary educational programs
Interdisciplinary Educational Programs
  • BBSC – umbrella first year curriculum for graduate students
  • HPTM, Clinical Science
  • Advanced Business Management Program
  • Committee for Career Development

The CCD organizes a wide variety of seminars and workshops targeted at improving life skills as well as specific needs for career advancement, such as CV and resume writing, interviewing and negotiating skills, portfolio building, and networking skills

recruiting the best and brightest
Recruiting the Best and Brightest
  • New initiatives include involving alumni and undergraduate faculty advisors to help recruit students for our graduate training programs.
  • Visits to student organizations at regional universities.
  • The focus is to increase the quality and breadth of the TG –eligible applicant pool.
  • Social Media
UTMB Institutional Training Grants
  • Needed: more training support – T32, F30, F31, K awards
  • Challenges:
        • Maintaining funding levels & critical mass of students
        • High quality TG eligible pool
        • Make data collection easier
        • Recognized effort for TG directors
        • Incentives for students
presidential scholars
Presidential Scholars
  • Aims to recruit outstanding TG eligible graduate students to all of our graduate programs
  • Stipend supplement ($5000) of up to 5 years
  • Relocation costs up to $3000
  • Academic Enhancement Program
ideas suggestions always welcomed
Ideas/Suggestions always Welcomed

The Third Revolution: The Convergence of the Life Sciences, ; Physical Sciences and Engineering, Phillip Sharp et al. MIT, January 2011)