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Information for Prospective Students

Academic Environment

The Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) is located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), home to many world-renowned academic and health care institutions. There are many opportunities for GSBS students to interact with faculty affiliated with the various TMC institutions. For example, some of our immunology courses are taught jointly by faculty from the GSBS and Baylor College of Medicine.

Graduate students have borrowing privileges at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library and access to a variety of specialized libraries, including the Research Medical Library at MD Anderson. The University of Texas Education and Research Computer Center includes mainframe computers and a diverse array of software. The GSBS provides funding for students who wish to open accounts at the Computer Center; in addition, access to other TMC computers and to the supercomputer at The University of Texas System - Austin is possible via cable network. A computing facility is also available to all GSBS students.

Financial Assistance

Students in the Ph.D. program are awarded research assistantships of $26,000 per year. These stipends support degree-related activities through the second year of study. After that time , financial support is available through training grants, research assistantships and a large number of local fellowship awards. Funding also is available for travel to professional meetings and seminars.


A student, housing complex with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments is located one mile from the TMC and adjacent to the MD Anderson South Campus. Amenities include a security system, laundry and recreation rooms, two swimming pools, racquetball courts and free shuttle bus service to the Medical Center.

Health Services

An integrated program of preventive and health maintenance services is offered through the UT-Houston Health Services at 7000 Fannin, Suite 1620. For more information, call 713-500-3267. Counseling and a daycare/child development center are also available to graduate students.

Student Organizations

All students are members of the Graduate Student Association. This group holds social activities to encourage student fellowship and sponsors a variety of events each year, such as a workshop for high school teachers and a research symposium in which graduate students present their current projects.

Cultural Environment

Rice University and Hermann Park, both adjacent to the TMC, have jogging and bicycling trails; similar facilities can be found just a few miles away at Memorial Park.

The Texas Medical Center is conveniently located to many cultural and recreational facilities, including the Museum District, Hermann Park, and Reliant Park. In recent years, downtown Houston has emerged as an entertainment mecca featuring art film theaters, nightclubs, fine restaurants, and the City of Houston Theater District, which is home to a world-class symphony, opera house, ballet and several playhouses. Minute Maid Park (MLB Houston Astros) and Toyota Center (NBA Houston Rockets) are also located downtown. Students can easily travel to downtown Houston by using the METRORail.

Less than an hour's drive from Houston, the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay offer boating, fishing and other water sports.

Aerial view of the Texas Medical Center campus

Aerial view of campus

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