The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is Launched

May 1, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is pleased to announce the formation of its graduate program: The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research will offer a research-based Ph.D. degree in Biology. Students will perform thesis research in the Stowers Institute’s laboratories working at the cutting edge of modern biological inquiry under the direct supervision of outstanding faculty – the investigators of the Stowers Institute, who will also be the courses’ instructors. The first students will enter the program in September 2012.

The mission of The Graduate School is to train a superb cadre of students from around the world to pursue innovative and creative investigations in the biological sciences. All successful applicants will share a demonstrated ability to perform biological research, as evidenced by previous research experience. The novel program focuses on extending the ability of those students through immediate immersion in research, coupled with training that stresses highly critical thinking in combination with in-depth training in the latest methodologies. Upon completion of their training, each student is expected to be able to identify interesting biological problems; devise and create interdisciplinary approaches to those problems; and execute those investigations using the best tools available. The program strives for completing the Ph.D. degree in Biology in an average time of five years from matriculation.

“As we designed this new and quite novel graduate program at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, we had but one goal in mind: create a stimulating interdisciplinary program for students who have a demonstrated ability to do scientific research that immerses them in an environment built upon cutting-edge investigation in many facets of modern molecular biology,” states R. Scott Hawley, Ph.D., Dean of The Graduate School, American Cancer Society Research Professor, and Investigator at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

“Success in advanced research often stems from asking the right questions, and no group asks or inspires more interesting questions than graduate students. The launch of our own graduate program allows us to enhance training opportunities for graduate students while complementing our successful collaborations with other graduate schools. I am confident that the innovative program designed by Dr. Hawley and our faculty will attract, train, and inspire talented graduate students from around the world,” said David Chao, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Further information about The Graduate School and its program can be found at www.stowers.org/gradschool.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is a non-profit, basic biomedical research organization dedicated to improving human health by studying the fundamental processes of life. Jim Stowers, founder of American Century Investments, and his wife Virginia opened the Institute in 2000. Since then, the Institute has spent over a half billion dollars in pursuit of its mission. Currently the Institute is home to nearly 500 researchers and support personnel; over 20 independent research programs; and more than a dozen technology development and core facilities. Learn more about the Institute at www.stowers.org.

Cadie Connors
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