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Exceptional Research Opportunities
The University of Chicago is internationally known as the “teacher of teachers” and is firmly committed to scholarship of the highest order. Researchers at the University have made numerous fundamental discoveries including identifying REM sleep, discovering erythropoietin, and proving that chromosomal translocations can cause cancer. Eighty-five recipients of the Nobel Prize have been associated with the University including thirteen since 1979. The MSTP fully capitalizes on this rich intellectual environment to provide its trainees with outstanding opportunities for an education in the sciences. Most MSTP trainees conduct their research within the Division of Biological Sciences which has twenty-one highly regarded degree-granting programs in areas including genetics, molecular biology, neurosciences, immunology, microbiology, cancer biology, and evolutionary biology. Areas of specialization available through the Division of Physical Sciences include chemistry and physics.
UChicago MSTP students are fully funded for the duration of their time in the program (medical school and graduate school). The award includes full tuition, health and insurance fees, and a stipend for the year beginning in the summer quarter. U.S. citizens and permanent residents qualify for the federally funded National Research Service Award by the National Institutes of Health through the Center of the National General Medical Sciences. Support is conditional upon satisfactory progress in the program. Please contact our Administrative Director of Admissions and Student Programs (Shanetha Thomas) if you have any additional questions about funding.
The University of Chicago's MD/PhD students receive complimentary membership in the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). APSA is a national organization dedicated to the career development of physician-scientists. Participation in the APSA allows our students to connect nationally with physician-scientist trainees across the country.