The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences welcomed a dozen top young minds from around the country to the program’s first PhD class. Students enjoyed a busy first week of courses, activities and the school’s inaugural convocation ceremony.
“This is a big deal for St. Jude because it marks the continued evolution of this institution,” said Stephen White, DPhil, Graduate School dean. “Graduate students are really important for research because they bring a freshness of youth. They're brave, fearless, and they’re not afraid to try new projects.”
The school’s goal is to train the next generation of scientific leaders who will develop tomorrow’s cures. It is located on the St. Jude campus in a custom-designed space within the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration.
“Today you start on that journey—a journey that is unbelievably bright for you,” said St. Jude President and Chief Executive Officer James R. Downing, MD, at the ceremony. “And I think because of you, those children with catastrophic diseases, their future is even brighter. You’re going to make a difference.”