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University of Connecticut Health Center

Programs in Biomedical Sciences

Farmington, CT

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University of Connecticut Health Center

Overview

PhD in Biomedical Science

The UConn Health Graduate School offers a PhD in biomedical science with areas of concentration in cell analysis and modeling, cell biology, genetics and developmental biology, immunology, molecular biology and biochemistry, neuroscience, and skeletal biology and regeneration. Interested candidates apply to the integrated admissions mode with access to more than 100 laboratories, which offers a first year of study in the basic science curriculum prior to the selection of an area of concentration in which to pursue PhD thesis work. Additionally, degree programs offer a combined MD/PhD or DMD/PhD.

UConn Health Offers a Cutting-Edge Research Environment

UConn Health offers an excellent education in a stimulating, cutting-edge research environment. The university provides excellent physical facilities for research in both basic and clinical sciences, a computer center, and the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library. The program provides research facilities and guidance for graduate and postdoctoral work in cell biology - particularly membrane and surface function, membrane protein synthesis and turnover, cytoskeleton structure and function, stimulus-response coupling, gene expression and regulation, vascular biology, fertilization, bone biology, molecular medicine, early development, signal transduction, angiogenesis, computer modeling, and tumor biology. Facilities for training in cell culture, electron microscopy, electrophysiology, fluorescence spectroscopy, molecular biology, molecular modeling, fluorescence imaging, and intravital microscopy are available.

Financial Aid at UConn Health

Support for doctoral students engaged in full-time degree programs at UConn Health is provided on a competitive basis. Graduate research assistantships for 2018-19 provide a stipend of $30,500 per year, a waiver of tuition/university fees for the fall and spring semesters and a student health insurance plan.

More information on the admissions process is available.

UConn Health Housing Options

There is a wide range of affordable housing options in the greater Hartford area within easy commuting distance of the campus. These options include an extensive complex that is adjacent to UConn Health. University housing is not available at this campus.

Research Facilities and Graduate Student Life

The 200-acre UConn Health campus at Farmington houses a division of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. The campus also includes the John Dempsey Hospital, associated clinics, and extensive medical research facilities, all in a centralized facility with more than 1 million square feet of floor space. The Academic Research Building, built in 1999, is an impressive eleven-story structure providing 170,000 square feet of laboratory space and renovations are underway in the main Laboratory building, converting existing lab space into state-of-the-art open lab areas. In addition, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine opened its 189,000-square-foot facility on the UConn Health campus in fall 2014. There are more than 260 full-time members at UConn Health.

The institution has a strong commitment to graduate study within an environment that promotes social and intellectual interaction among the various educational programs. Graduate students are represented on various administrative committees concerned with curricular affairs, and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents graduate students' needs and concerns to the faculty and administration, in addition to fostering social contact among graduate students at UConn Health.

A Campus and Surrounding Areas in the Beautiful New England Countryside

Set in the beautiful New England countryside on a hill overlooking the Farmington Valley, the school is close to ski areas, hiking trails, and facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, seven miles east of Farmington, is the center of an urban region of approximately 800,000 people. The beaches of the Long Island Sound are about 50 minutes away to the south, and the beautiful Berkshires are a short drive to the northwest. New York City and Boston can be reached within 2 1/2 hours by car. The area is also home to several branches of the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford, which includes the Hartt School of Music. Bradley International Airport (about 30 minutes from campus) serves the Hartford/Springfield area with frequent airline connections to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Frequent bus and rail service is also available from Hartford.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (DMD/PhD)
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 2
Doctoral Degrees 27

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

216
Applied
48
Accepted
16
Enrolled
22%

Applying

75
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st December 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Traineership
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

152
Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)
100%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 1.32%
Black or African American 3.29%
White or Caucasian 41%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.66%
Asian 6.58%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 7.89%

Gender

Male (46%)
Female (53%)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Not reported
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
88,231,649

Location & Contact

Address 263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT  06030
United States
Contact Ms. Stephanie Rauch
Program Coordinator
Email: biomedsciadmissions@uchc.edu
Phone: 860-679-4509