Approximately 75 students are enrolled in the IBS graduate programs. The Student Directory shares their name, research lab and year entering the program.
Get involved with the IBS Student Organization for Biomedical Sciences
Join the STEM networking group GW COMPASS
Attend events with the GW Postdoc Association
Sustain your community in national networks such as Black in Neuro, Latinx in Neuro, Black in Micro, Black in Cancer; check out 100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America and others.
Counseling and Psychological Services serves graduate students in both group drop-in discussions, individual counseling and referrals.
Careers with your PhD
A PhD in biomedical sciences can lead to exciting careers in academic research, biotechnology industry, research at federal laboratories, as well as positions in science teaching, science communications, and science policy. This helpful article explores career development as it pertains to different career sectors. Take an active role in exploring your career and building skills for success!
- All IBS students complete and update an Individual Development Plan, (view the Goal Setting and Individual Development Plan video). A useful approach is to use MyIDP which links to AAAS Science Career.
- The IBS Science and Professional Development workshops offered monthly focus on Individual Development Plans, setting SMART goals, fellowship preparation, financial literacy, LinkedIn and other topics.
- Visit the GW Career Center that offers numerous workshops available to graduate students, posted on the IBS home page. Take the time to join Handshake and explore the job postings and information.
- Learn and hone ways to talk about your work to technical audiences by attending national meetings, and learn ways to speak with the public in outreach events. Attend the GW chapter of Toastmasters International and refine your communication skills.
- Three Minute Thesis Competition. Compete in the speed challenge to present your work to a lay audience.
- The IBS hosts an annual career day in June with alumni and leaders from multiple career sectors. First year students are required to take this course, and all students and postdocs are invited to sample the discussions every year.
The SMHS provides IBS fellowships for incoming PhD students that currently carry a stipend of $33,000 and 24 credit hours of tuition for the first year and health insurance. As students select a research mentor and PhD program, their stipend is supported by their research mentor, with continued tuition support from the IBS. Students will be supported for five years with good progress, and extensions are available.
We strongly encourage trainees to apply for an extramural predoctoral fellowship that can pay your stipend, travel or research costs. These fellowships from the NIH or other foundations are awarded following applications that include your research plan and your advisor’s training plan. Having a fellowship will make you much more competitive when you apply for positions after GW. Students often modify their grant-style candidacy exam (usually taken in year 2) for an NIH F31 fellowship (see more information and examples). Some students and their advisors may pursue a diversity supplement to a research grant. Other foundation fellowships are described here (predoctoral fellowship opportunities).
The Cosmos Club Foundation offers small grants for graduate students in area universities to meet specific research needs not covered by other funds (not to exceed $5,000) with a deadline typically November 1.
While not technically a fellowship, IBS has had graduates inducted in the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society that recognizes and promotes scholarly achievement in students from underrepresented backgrounds.