October 4, 2013

Dear Susie,

I cannot believe we are approaching application season! As we enter this busy and exciting time, I want to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you and provide you with information on upcoming opportunities for your students to learn more about graduate programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in Indianapolis. In April of 2013, I joined the Graduate Division as the Director of the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program for Ph.D. Study. It is incredibly exciting to be charged with directing a program that recruits, trains, and supports truly remarkable scientists and scholars. I look forward to partnering with you as you prepare your students for graduate study.

Over the last six years, partnerships with universities, colleges, and industry have allowed us to bring in a cohort of talented and diverse students each year for scientific training through the IBMG Program. These students participate in an innovative course curriculum, professional development series, transitional programming that helps them to adjust to grad school, and three lab rotations during their first year. The flexibility and individual nature of the IBMG Program make it a viable option for students who want the opportunity to study in a collaborative and translational environment while they work towards obtaining their doctoral degree in one of our 9 biomedical Ph.D. programs offered through the IUSM.

•Anatomy and Cell Biology
•Microbiology and Immunology

•Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

•Cellular and Integrative Physiology

•Medical and Molecular Genetics

•Medical Neuroscience

The IUSM is located in Indianapolis on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. The campus recently ranked 5th on the list of Up-and-Coming School by U.S. News & World Report and 19th among the 30 best U.S. non-HBCU schools for minorities by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Our culturally rich city boasts the Circle City Classic, Indiana Black Expo, a multitude of Hispanic Heritage activities and events throughout the year, the gorgeous Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the active International Center of Indianapolis, just to name a few. Indianapolis is also the home of the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Indianapolis ICE, Indianapolis Indians, and Indy 500! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest of its kind in the world, and the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Garden is quite renowned too! Indianapolis is a dynamic and vibrant city offering an urban environment with small town hospitality!

If the IUSM’s IBMG Program in Indianapolis sounds like a good match for your students, we encourage you to share the IBMG Viewbook with them! It provides an overview of the IBMG Program and our graduate programs, our application requirements, and information about living and working in Indianapolis. I look forward to an opportunity to interact with your students and learn about their academic and career interests. If you have students attending SACNAS (booth 376) or ABRCMS (booth 341), I hope they will stop by our table. If they won’t be attending the conferences, we are also offering more virtual opportunities to allow myself, our students, and our faculty members to engage prospective program applicants. Students are invited to join us in a Tweet In on October 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. During this interactive social media session, questions should be directed to @IUSM_IBMG using #IUSMgrad. Flyers for this event are attached. Additional chat sessions are available, and the schedule may be viewed at http://grad.medicine.iu.edu/chat.

For hard copies of the view book and other IBMG Program brochures and flyers, please complete our order form. If you would like additional information about our programs or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (317) 274-3441 or tlhobson@iupui.edu.

Warm regards,

Tara Hobson-Prater

Director, IBMG Program for Ph.D. Study

Indiana University School of Medicine