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History of BGS


In the fall of 1984, the University appointed a Director of Biomedical Graduate Studies to provide leadership to 13 graduate groups that had been operating essentially autonomously and to coordinate the activities of the groups, particularly in the areas of recruitment and academic programs. The School of Medicine provided administrative oversight, financial support, and office space for program staff.

A number of new initiatives were undertaken immediately. An Advisory Committee, consisting of the chairs of each of the graduate groups was established to discuss general policy. A single Admissions Committee was instituted, representing all of the graduate groups, and the principle was established that in general only students sufficiently distinguished to merit full support would be accepted. A Curriculum Committee was established to identify new academic programmatic needs and to establish mechanisms for quality control of the courses offered by the graduate groups; on the committee’s recommendation, new courses were developed. The Curriculum Committee was also designated to act as a student standards committee.

In 1987, participation on the Advisory Committee was extended to the Director of Combined Degree and Physician Scholars Programs and to the Chairpersons of the Graduate Groups in Bioengineering and Biology. Because the lines of fiscal support for the Graduate Groups in Biology and in Bioengineering remain separate from those of BGS, the representatives of these two graduate groups do not vote on issues involving fiscal matters.

The faculty who participated on these committees, in cooperation with the Director of BGS, helped to develop the policies and procedures for the program. Furthermore, several major academic developments have occurred since the program’s formation:

In addition, several administrative developments have occurred since the creation of BGS:

The following individuals have served as Director of BGS: