The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni Association is excited to team up with Publishing Concepts, Inc. to produce an alumni directory. Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio alumni and friends via mail, phone, and email to request that you update your information so you can stay connected.
We hope that you will participate in our alumni directory project. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information. They said they were working on a directory for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam?
We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new alumni directory. PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. This project allows the Graduate School to receive important updates to our database so we know more about our alumni and how we can better serve you and future alumni.
How do I know my information will only be used for directory purposes?
We have a contractual agreement with PCI that states:
a. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Directory and except as required by court order or law.
b. The Directory will be made available only to alumni of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to University of Texas any and all electronic files that have been supplied by University of Texas or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.
I would like to verify and update my information. How may I do this?
If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you and make any updates where needed.
If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information. If you have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk at 1.800.395.4724.
Can anyone purchase a directory?
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences directory is available for sale only to GSBS alumni.
When will I receive my directory?
The total duration of the directory project is about 12 months.
Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in the directory?
When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative what information you would prefer to have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer service desk (1.800.395.4724) or to the Alumni Association.
I ordered a directory/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?
Call the PCI customer service help desk at 1.800.395.4724, and they will take care of this for you.
If you have any questions about this project, please call Charlotte Anthony, (210) 567-3738 or email email@example.com.
Science Fiesta was a two day event to showcase science in San Antonio. The idea for Science Fiesta was conceived by Travis Block, a graduate student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health Science Center San Antonio and was organized by graduate students from the Graduate Student Association.
“We wanted a way to bring together the research community, policy-makers and the general public to celebrate science in San Antonio,” said Block, a Texan native and a biomedical engineering graduate student.
In addition to highlighting San Antonio growth as a national hotspot for bioscience research, Block’s vision for the festivities of Science Fiesta was to make science fun and accessible for all attendees. and innovation. Visit sciencefiesta.org for more information.
Science Fiesta World Periodic Table of Elements
In the weeks leading up to Science Fiesta, the UT Health Science Center Graduate Student Association partnered with 118 local school classrooms to break the world record for the largest periodic table of elements!
The schools created 12 by 15 feet size tarps of all 118 periodic elements with the help of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy. The entire periodic table was more than 22,000 square feet in size.
During the grand unveiling event on March 2, school groups, friends, and family members of participants watched as we combined all element squares at Gustafson football stadium to officially break the world record.
Science Fiesta was a free, family-friendly event on March 5 at La Villita Historical Arts Village. The event featured a science fair with posters by San Antonio scientists, a panel on science policy, science-themed artwork and an interactive area for children. In addition, best-selling author and journalist, David Epstein delivered the keynote presentation and hosted a book signing.
News articles about Science Fiesta
San Antonio Express News
Texas Public Radio
News articles about Science Fiesta World's Largest Periodic Table
KENS 5 & Kens5.com
News 4 San Antonio
Northside Independent School District
KENS 5 Video
Photos from Science Fiesta World Record Attempt
To see more photos from the World Periodic Attempt, see http://tiny.cc/worldrecordphotos
Photos From Science Fiesta
We are excited to launch the "Ask the GSBS Dean" Q&A column.
Dean David Weiss will periodically be answering these questions in the Pipette Gazette newsletter in addition to our Facebook and Twitter. If you have not yet subscribed to the newsletter, please subscribe here.
Dr. Weiss is committed to creating an engaged community here at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Questions can range from general to specific questions about the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. These questions and answers will be used to strengthen the relationship between students and the school.
If you are a current student, prospective student, or just someone interested in learning more, we would love to hear questions, comments, or well-wishes. The questions will remain anonymous. Send all your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctor of Philosophy Forms
IBMS Forms and Information
Student Complaint Policy and Forms
*Note: New course proposals and modifications to existing courses are now available through CourseLeaf Curriculum Inventory Management. This replaces the previous PDF/hard copy course forms. For access or more information contact Janice Stong at email@example.com.
Rotation 1: August 24, 2015 - October 2, 2015
Rotation 2: October 5, 2015 - November 6, 2015
Rotation 3: November 9, 2015 - December 18, 2015
GSBS Fall 2015 Course Schedule
As part of its academic assessment program, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) uses the Student Ratings of Instruction System offered by IDEA (Individual Development and Educational Assessment).
The Student Ratings of Instruction System is comprised of multiple tools. Those currently used by the GSBS include the Diagnostic Feedback survey and the Learning Outcomes survey.
The results of these surveys can be used for individual and program improvement, making decisions about curriculum, and as indirect measures of student learning. For more information about these assessment tools, the Student Ratings of Instruction, or IDEA, visit the IDEA website at http://ideaedu.org/.
Contact Kathy Paradise at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (210) 567-3715.
Campus Safety and Security Policies
The Jeanne Clery Act is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campus.
The UT Health Science Center is committed to assisting the HSC community in providing for its own safety and security. Information regarding campus security, personal safety, crime prevention, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, crime statistics for the most recent three-year period, and disciplinary procedures is available on the HSC's police department Web site or by clicking 2013 Annual Security Report.
If you would like a paper copy of this information, you may contact the crime prevention office at 210-562-9092.
Email notification of upcoming deadlines will be sent to all Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) students.
Armand J. Guarino, Ph.D. was the founding Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences from 1972-1986. The Guarino Award is the highest student recognition given by the Graduate School. As such, it is a tribute to the outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research, the noteworthy leadership and the extensive involvement in service during their tenure as a graduate students.
Graduating doctoral and masters students nominated by Chair of COGS of each department
Must demonstrate academic excellence and submit transcripts,CV and letters of recommendation, reprints of published papers
Award Year and Amount:
Annually, $1,000 for M.S. and $1,500 for Ph.D.
All doctoral and master's students
Must demonstrate academic excellence by submitting transcripts, cover letter, and letters of recommendation from supervising professor
Award Year and Amount:
Every other year, $200-$500
The Council for Excellence in Women’s Health was formed in 2007. It’s mission is to improve the physical and mental health of women in San Antonio by building awareness of women’s health challenges, and to promote a greater understanding of and initiate philanthropic support for the Health Science Center’s women’s health programs and initiatives. The council membership, currently comprised of 86 influential women leaders who live and work throughout San Antonio and South Texas, continues to grow.
All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences doctoral students conducting research related to women’s health and demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA application.
Must demonstrate academic excellence and cover letter, one-page letter of recommendation from the COGS chair, and one-page letter of recommendation from the supervising professor.
Award Year and Amount:
All doctoral or masters students who demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA application and are Texas residents.
Must demonstrate academic excellence and submit transcripts, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor, COGS chair and one additional faculty mentor
Award Year and Amount:
All GSBS doctoral or master's students with preference given to students from Gillespie County, TX and then students who attended Texas A&M University.
Must demonstrate academic excellence by submitting transcripts, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor
Award Year and Amount:
Every other year, $200-$500
First year Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) doctoral students who have completed the Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences course INTD 5000
Students who have earned a 90 average or above for each module of the INTD 5000 course; transcripts and letters of recommendation from the supervising professor will be required.
Award Year and Amount:
The award is named for E. Phyllis Bowie, Ph.D., and her husband, Neil.
Dr. Bowie, associate professor of cellular and structural biology,
retired in 2003 after 34 years on the HSC faculty.
Throughout her outstanding career, Dr. Bowie served as a mentor to many students and faculty members. Since 1993 she directed the Dental Gross Anatomy Course and co-directed the Dental Hygiene Structures of the Head and Neck Course. Dr. Bowie earned the admiration of her colleagues, students and community leaders. She received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award in 1995.
All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences third year or above doctoral students.
Must demonstrate community service through volunteer activities in S.A. and prepare a written description of community activities plus a transcript, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor.
Award Year and Amount:
Every other year, $200-$500
The Graduate School selects a student to receive a UTHSCSA Presidential Ambassador Scholarship. The student selected will be asked to fulfill the following requirements for one year.
1. Participate in distinguished events such as the Presidential Distinguished Lecture and Presidential Awards Ceremony, the annual visit by the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs for the UT System, the Health Science Center Gala and other events.
2. Assist in promoting their school in whatever ways deemed appropriate by the Dean.
3. Address the Development Board to give members an idea of the quality of students at the UTHSCSA.
4. Occasionally serve as a student representative at community events.
Each nominee must be a doctoral student who is in good academic standing, is able to speak to groups and will be available for one year to fulfill the obligations of the scholarship. The student should be in their second or third year. This award is not based on need.
Must demonstrate academic excellence and submit transcripts, cover letter, and letters of recommendation, reprints of published papers
Award Year and Amount:
The Jess Hay Chancellor's Fellowship was established to tie graduate education to timely and high quality research benefiting the State of Texas. Jess Hay served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents from 1977-89 and was chairman from 1985-87.
All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences doctoral students conducting research and nominated by Chair of COGS of each department.
Must demonstrate academic excellence by submitting transcripts, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor.
Award Year and Amount:
Two annual $10,000 student research fellowships will rotate between select UT institutions as noted below:
The Graduate Dean has established a mechanism for supporting qualified doctoral and master's student's travel to national scientific meetings for the presentation of their research.
All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students enrolled full time in a doctoral or master's degree program.
Must demonstrate academic excellence by submitting transcripts, cover letter, and letters of recommendation from supervising professor and application of meeting details.
Award Year and Amount:
Two students per cycle will be awarded up to $1,500.
For more details, see the attached documents and application.
Research Funding Database
National Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities
Fellowships for Dual Degree Students
Funding from Federal Agencies
It is my pleasure to welcome and assist you with all of your needs regarding admissions and orientation into the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) program. Below you will find important information regarding your matriculation and enrollment process.
If you have any questions, please contact Nicquet Blake, Ph.D., Associate Dean at email@example.com or call 210-567-3722
A list of the apartments near the UTHSCSA, along with web information and comments by our graduate students, is provided. Any views or opinions presented in this document are solely those of the students and do not necessarily represent those of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A letter of salary support is available upon request.
The immunization record must be completed by your physician and submitted by July 17. You can e-mail this form at SHC@UTHSCSA.edu along with any supporting documentation. This must be submitted in a timely manner in order to remove the HOLD on your record and continue with your registration. For more information, click here.
To begin matriculation, there are several new employee and student forms that must be completed before August 3. Several of the New Employee Forms can be found online and will be discussed during your orientation with the Office of Human Resources. Please note that on the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (EEVF), there is a list on page five of required documents to complete the form.
If you are visiting the UTHSCSA over the summer, please feel free to stop by the HR office and submit all new employee forms.
If you are currently a UTHSCSA employee, these forms are already on file with the Office of Human Resources; however, if you would like to continue coverage with BlueCross BlueShield or discuss other benefit options as you transition to a student employee classification, please make an appointment to speak to your HR benefits counselor.
New students can purchase parking permits for Zone 5 only. You can request to be placed on a waiting list for other parking areas by contacting UT-Police.For information on parking zones see the UTHSCSA campus map.
The cost for parking will be deducted from your monthly salary check. The cost for a student ID badge is $10. A photo ID (driver's license or passport) is required by UT Police when purchasing your parking and student ID badge.
An email from Student Services has been sent regarding your UTHSCSA email and domain account. If you cannot locate this email, please check your junk folders or spam filters. If you continue to have problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request this information again.
Your Health Science Center domain user ID and password are the same as your Health Science Center e-mail user ID and password. If you are not able to successfully sign in to the University Portal contact the IMS Help Desk at IMS-ServiceDesk@uthscsa.edu or 567-7777.
The Graduate Dean's Office will email students in the IBMS instructions on how to register for the following courses 1) IBMS 5000 Fundamental in Biomedical Sciences, 2) IBMS 5008 Laboratory Rotations, and 3) ISD 5082 1.5 SCH Responsible Conduct of Research.
Each student is responsible for any HOLD status on the account that could delay registration and enrollment. This can be done by accessing the Student Self-Service site.
Tuition and fees will be paid for all first-year IBMS students by the Graduate Dean's Office.
If a HOLD remains on a student account that prevents registration and payment of tuition and fees by 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, the student will be responsible for paying a $100 late fee.
The cost for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Academic Health Plans is included in the tuition and fees bill paid by the Graduate Dean's Office.
If you are currently a UTHSCSA employee and you are covered by BCBS or you will have private or military coverage, you will need to submit the required information when completing the Health Insurance Form during your online registration. Once you have completed this form, the HOLD will be instantly released allowing you to complete registration.
The Graduate Dean's Office will employ students in the IBMS program as Graduate Research Assistants and as such, students will receive an annual salary of $26,000. All new employee forms must be submitted and on file at the HR office by this time.
As a student employee of UTHSCSA and earning a salary, you will be paid on the 1st business day of each month. Students that are put on the payroll by August 1 will receive their first check on September 1.
All students are required to complete the web orientation offered by the Health Science Center's Knowledge Center (KC) learning management system. The instructions will be sent to your UTHSCSA LiveMail account from KC.
For supervisor notification, add Nicquet Blake, in order for her to receive a notice of completion. Failure to complete both modules of the web orientation will result in a HOLD status and will delay the registration process.
See the Orientation Calender for the Fall GSBS Student Orientation information.
Please contact email@example.com about your arrival date to San Antonio and to set up an appointment/check-in with the Office of International Services.
Please find a list of faculty accepting IBMS Graduate Students for rotations. TBA.
If your email or home address changed from the address provided on your application, send your updated contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the most recent information regarding admissions and registration.
Counseling Services (210) 567-2648 / Fax 567-2689 / Room 101F MED
Registrar (210) 567-2621 / Fax 567-2685 / Room 317L MED
Student Health Center* (210) 567-9355 / Fax 567-5903 / Room 1.422 Nursing School
*Hours: Monday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Student Life (210) 567-2654 / Fax 567-3415 / Room 314L MED
Recreational Sports: (210) 567-5220
Veteran Services & Financial Aid (210) 567-2635 / Fax 567-6643 / Room 318L MED
Graduate school can be tough, so we are here to make things a bit easier for you.
The GSA is a student-led organization with the sole purpose providing assistance for career development, organizing social events for the graduate student body, and addressing key issues that can have a direct effect on your life as a graduate student.
Please visit our new website, where you can find our meeting minutes, event details, and subscribe for email updates!
President – Travis Block
Vice-President – Mikaela Sifuentes
Treasurer - Tamara Fraker
Secretary – Kristen Malloy
Student Ambassador – Jodie Gray
IBMS--Tara Holmgren & Megan 'MJ' Moerke
Dental--Ali Alaqla & Martina Parrone
MS I&I--Ryan Daly
Rad Sci (Medical Physics)--Thomas Vanasse
1st Year Reps--Andra Bates & Samantha Adler
No reps for the following programs yet: Nursing Science, Translational Science, all other MS programs outside of I&I
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni Association is setting up a local chapter of the GSBS Alumni Association. If you'd like to join, please email Charlotte Anthony (anthonyc@uthscsa) with your current mailing address, email, and phone number.
Also, if you are still in San Antonio or in the Texas area, we invite you to consider joining our Career Advisory Council. The council is a great way for alumni to help mentor students who have questions about careers. Feel free to learn more here.
Dr. Sweta Mishra, a graduate of the Cellular and Structural Biology program, was recently interviewed by the American Lung Association (ALA).
Dr. Nicole Baganz, a graduate of the Neuroscience program, was featured by The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter and the Nashville Scene for her contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience.
Dr. Kaitlyn Lewis, a graduate of the Biology of Aging track, explains why she is passionate about aging research.
Dr. Shivani Ruparel, a graduate of the Cellular and Structural Biology program, explains how she became an assistant professor in the Endodontics Department at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Gretchel Gealogo, a graduate of the Nursing Science program, was recently featured on the Reflections On Nursing Leadership website for her work with a patient with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Sarah Wong, a graduate of the Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics discipline, explains how her involvement with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science inspired her to be a STEM leader of color.
Dr. Dustin Green, a graduate of the Physiology track, will be working on pain research in Dr. Xinzhong Dong’s lab at Johns Hopkins University.
Captain Elaine Por, a graduate of the Cancer Biology track, speaks about her career in the military and why it’s important for graduate students to learn about other career options.
Dr. Justin Long, a graduate of the UTHSCSA-UTSA Joint Biomedical Engineering Program, talks about his new position at the Medtronic Structured Heart Division in Ireland.
For more articles about our alumni, click here.
*Recommended Time: 3 weeks before defense*
To schedule your final defense for doctoral and master's submit:
Form 40 with original signatures. A faxed signature from the outside member will be accepted.
2) Submit 3 copies of abstract and Vita (stapled together) to the Graduate Dean’s Office
3) Upload a draft PDF version of your dissertation or thesis for formatting review into ProQuest
4) Reserve room with room scheduling
The Proquest/UMI website provides publishing guides regarding your options for traditional publishing verses open access publishing and registering for copyrights . There are fees associated with some of these additional options. There is no fee for traditional publishing of theses and dissertations.
In the center box click on: Submit my Dissertation/thesis. The process is very straightforward. One important point to remember is when you are asked to type the title of your dissertation**Do not copy and paste, this must be typed out.
You are required to submit your dissertation/thesis to the publishing company ProQuest/UMI for microfilming and electronic publishing/storage.
Submit the following items at least 5 days prior to the next GFC meeting which is scheduled on the second Friday of each month. If you have any questions, contact you COGS Assistant or Janice Stong ( email@example.com) in the Graduate Dean’s Office.
ii) Approval Page with original signatures by all faculty on Supervising Committee
iii) Final pdf of dissertation/thesis approved for formatting by Dr. Nicquet Blake.
iv) Confirmation that dissertation/thesis meets formatting requirements for ProQuest
You will receive notification from your COGS Assistant if you received degree approval at the GFC.
The binding form is required to be sent to the UTHSCSA library along with the number of copies you want bound. It is optional if you would like to print your dissertation on 20% cotton paper. If the department is going to pay for one or more bound copies, please obtain the required account information from your department administrator.
Note: The UTHSCSA Library will not make copies or print your dissertation/thesis.
After the defense, please submit the following graduation forms to Janice Stong in the Graduate Dean’s Office:
Sign up for one of the following events:
Survey of Earned Doctorates (for Ph.D. only)*
*Please complete the survey online. A copy of the certificate will be mailed to the GSBS office.
Contact Dr. Nicquet Blake
firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to graduate to discuss required forms and
Click here for general instructions for electronic formatting of your dissertation/thesis.
*For BME students only, click here for templates for Title & Abstract pages.