PGET Program

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2015 SACNAS Conference in Washington, D.C.  PGET attendees visiting alumni at the UAB booth:  Kandace Thomas (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Benjamin Ricard (Texas State University-San Marcos), Molly Starkovich (San Francisco State University), Natasha Pacheo (University of Alabama-Birmingham-Ph.D. candidate), and LaCassidy Broadnax (University of Missouri-Columbia).

Post-baccalaureate Opportunity

The HGSC-Pre-Graduate Education and Training (PGET) Program is a one year post-baccalaureate research training program.  We provide post-baccalaureate opportunities for recent college graduates and BCM research technicians who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. or M.D/Ph.D. This program gives post-baccalaureates an opportunity to continue their educational quest, gain research experience, and tools that will help them gain admission into graduate school. We offer two types of post-baccalaureate experiences: research post-baccalaureate fellow (selected recent college graduates who are paid by this program); and BCM-HGSC post-baccalaureate (already employed by BCM).

The PGET provides:

  • Must be a BCM employee (Research Technician)  to participate in this program
  • Financial support for college courses to strengthen the student's background to gain graduate admission
  • Molecular-Cellular-Biology course for BCM post-baccalaureates
  • GRE Preparation Course
  • Bioinformatics BootCamp Course
  • Guidance and career counseling from the program mentor for graduate school acceptance
  • Opportunities to meet with BCM-HGSC researchers, minority scientists from Texas Medical Center institutions, and minority scientists from private industry
  • Weekly meetings with peers to discuss scientific and career development topics
  • One year program