Most students in the Ph.D. program are awarded research assistantships of $20,800 per year. These stipends support degree-related activities through the first year of study. After the completion of laboratory tutorial rotations, financial support is available through the Immunology Program training grant, research assistantships and a large number of local fellowship awards. Funding is also 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 Texas Medical Center. Amenities include a security system, laundry and recreation rooms, two swimming pools, racquetball courts and free shuttle bus service to the Medical Center.
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 also are available to graduate students.
All students are members of the Graduate Student Association. This group develops student fellowship and social activities and sponsors a variety of events during the year, including a workshop for high school teachers and a research symposium in which graduate students describe their current projects.
The Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) is located in the Texas Medical Center, which is home to many world-renowned academic and health care institutions. There are many opportunities for interaction with these institutions. For example, some immunology courses are taught jointly by our faculty and faculty from Baylor College of Medicine.
Graduate students have borrowing privileges at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Access to a variety of specialized libraries is available, including M. D. Anderson's Research Medical Library.
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. Access to this facility, to other computers in the Medical Center and to The University of Texas System supercomputer in Austin is possible via cable network. A computing facility is also available to all GSBS students.
The Texas Medical Center, located just south of downtown Houston, is conveniently close to many cultural and recreational facilities, including the Museum District, Hermann Park and Reliant Park. Public transportation, which will soon include a light rail system, links the Medical Center to Houston's major attractions.
In recent years, downtown Houston has emerged as an entertainment mecca. Its Theater District is home to a world-class symphony, opera house, ballet, and several playhouses. Art film theaters; fine dining; nightclubs; as well as Minute Maid Park, the home of Major League baseball's Houston Astros, also are located downtown. In 2003-2004, the NBA's Houston Rockets and the WNBA's Comets will move into their new downtown arena.
The Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay offer boating, fishing and other water sports less than an hour's drive from Houston.
Jogging and bicycling trails at Rice University and Hermann Park are literally a stone's throw away from the Texas Medical Center, and similar facilities can be found just a few miles away at Memorial Park.