The St. Jude mission—to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases—resonates throughout the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. We welcome students into three programs. Each program creates a pathway into becoming a scientific leader, an independent and creative thinker who can advance cures:
We focus on teaching basic scientific principles and connecting these to current scientific research. Our faculty includes basic science researchers, data scientists, public health leaders and expert clinicians.
“Our reputation for scientific and clinical excellence has been achieved by following a simple formula–hiring the best researchers and providing them with the best facilities. We used the same simple formula to create the Graduate School, which boasts a graduate faculty of internationally renowned investigators.”
Stephen White, DPhil
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
The Graduate School is housed on the St. Jude campus in the Marlo Thomas Center. This educational center was built in 2014 to provide a space for researchers and students to collaborate, learn and work together.
The Graduate School is a custom-designed, 4,600-square-foot space. It contains private study carrels for first-year students, a state-of-the-art teaching facility and administrative offices. There is also a student lounge equipped with a kitchenette, games and large-screen television.
In addition to the Graduate School, the Marlo Thomas Center also contains an auditorium, a lecture hall, meeting rooms, a large atrium and the Biomedical Library. The library is conveniently located adjacent to the Graduate School, maintains an extensive journal collection, and provides easy access to 4,800 electronic journals, 2,600 e-books and several databases. In addition, the library maintains an in-house collection of reference books and journals.
State-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities enable faculty, staff and students to share ideas, discoveries and clinical information with experts and colleagues at other institutions. With more than 400 seats, the auditorium features folding desktops and outlets for electronic devices. The lecture hall seats 68 in a semicircle, giving it a stadium feel. The auditorium and lecture hall are powered by technologies that support the hosting of scientific conferences, academic lectures, institutional seminars, meetings and symposia.
Seating areas are interspersed throughout the Marlo Thomas Center to foster idea-sharing. Inviting colors and comfortable couches encourage small, informal gatherings.
Additionally, huddle rooms and meeting rooms, which are distributed throughout the Center, are custom designed to support informal and impromptu brainstorming sessions and discussions. These rooms contain high-definition monitors, cameras and wall-mounted interface panels that allow users to control the technology settings and interact with remote participants.
Third-year student Matthew Bell talks about his grad school experiences with his mentor, Stephen Gottschalk, MD, Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy chair and grad school faculty member.