Admissions Procedure
BIMS Application

BIMS is an interdisciplinary program that will permit degree selection and specialization after your first year.

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When you pursue a graduate degree from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, your first year will be interdisciplinary and you will apply to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS).

What is BIMS?

The requirements for admission to the BIMS Graduate Programs are rigorous, as it is our goal to recruit the very best students who will go on to be leading scientists in academia, industry, and other areas. All applicants should have earned or should be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. Although strong weighting is given to a student’s grade point average, the most important criterion for admission is a student’s passion and commitment for research and aspiration for a professional career conducting pioneering biomedical research. Consequently admission is based on various criteria, including transcripts, prior research experience and letters of recommendation.

Microbiology Graduate Program
Once the student has identified their thesis lab in the February of their first year, they can elect to join the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology. Our graduate students study under internationally-recognized scientists in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, biodefense, cell-signaling, and gene regulation. They can develop a tailor made, interdisciplinary curriculum that also allows them to fulfill Departmental and Training Grant requirements.

Financial Aid: All students in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology receive a stipend that is competitive with that offered by other institutions and the cost of living in Charlottesville is low. The current minimum stipend of $30,500 per year may be supplemented by competitive grants and fellowships. In addition, the Department pays tuition, fees, health insurance, and travel costs to scientific meetings when students present their work. For more information, please contact the department directly.

Amy E. Anderson
BIMS Administrator
McKim Hall 1131
Office: (434) 924-5611