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Thank you for your interest in becoming a faculty mentor in the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology. GMB is administered through the Department of Genetics, but we are an interdepartmental PhD program that has been in existence since 1961. We have had T32 training grant support from NIGMS since 1974 (renewed in 2015 through 2020, grant year 45; new T32 to fit the new NIGMS T32 FOA is pending).

The most important role of Curriculum faculty is to mentor students, both as the advisor and by serving on dissertation committees.  In addition, Curriculum preceptors are expected to actively participate in programmatic activities, such as attending and hosting speakers in our seminar series, attending occasional student seminars, attending annual meetings of GMB faculty, and, if possible, attending the annual Department of Genetics / GMB / BCB scientific retreat.  Moreover, as a member of the Curriculum you will be call on you from time to time to help with other types of service, as described below.

To be considered, please send the following to the Director of Graduate Studies (a single combined PDF is preferred):

1) Your NIH biosketch 

2) A letter that describes

  • your scientific background and training
  • your current / planned research program
  • why you would like to join GMB and why you think you’re a good fit
  • how you would prefer to contribute to the Curriculum through occasional service, such as
    • serving on the Doctoral Written Exam committee
    • teach and course that serves GMB students (e.g., developing and teaching a 5-week course module or a seminar on area of your expertise or other teaching)
    • serving on a BBSP admissions committee
    • being involved with BBSP First Year Group leadership
  • a discussion of any special circumstances that we should consider (laboratories away from the main campus, primary appointment in a clinical department, non-tenure-track appointments, etc.).

3)   A brief statement (a few paragraphs is fine) that outlines your philosophy on training doctoral students and one or two examples of projects that might be undertaken by a student in your lab. For more senior faculty, evidence of successful mentoring in the past can suffice.

These items will be distributed to the members of the GMB Steering Committee.  If they approve, you will be appointed for a three-year term, after which you will be evaluated for reappointment.