The School of Medicine provides advanced scientific training toward Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research in a resource-rich, collaborative environment dedicated to scientific discovery.
Facts and Figures
The University of Washington Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs include:
- 17 graduate programs
- More than 500 masters and pre-doctoral students
- Nearly 400 graduate faculty within these schools:
- School of Medicine
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Engineering
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Public Health
- The Information School
- UW Biomedical Research Programs Website
All of the Biomedical Sciences Programs reflect the cross-disciplinary nature of training in the sciences. Students apply to individual programs, most of which are based in a single department. Several departmental programs have an open rotation policy where first year students can do a laboratory rotation in another participating program. Under this policy, it is also possible for a student to change their degree-granting departmental program early in their enrollment.
Research training opportunities include affiliation with such institutions as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Virginia Mason Research Center, and departmental relationship with many biotechnology firms and non-profit research institutes.
The School of Medicine participates in the Visiting International Student Internship & Training Program (VISIT). The VISIT program permits students pursuing predoctoral programs at universities outside of the US to participate in full-time supervised research and work-based learning experiences at the University of Washington. In the School of Medicine, such internship experiences are generally based on existing collaborations between our faculty members and the student’s home institution. Applications* for the program can be found on the VISIT website.
(*The 1025-J should be signed by the faculty mentor, the department chair, and Kathy Bracy (on behalf of the dean).
Salary and Benefits
All but two Biomedical Sciences programs guarantee salary, medical coverage, and tuition waivers to students in good standing. In most cases, the Bioengineering program and the Bioinformatics programs provide stipend and tuition waivers or research assistantships to their students. However, this funding is not guaranteed.