Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ processes and outcomes are aimed at learning that supports students’ development as innovative scientists.
The information in this website is intended to help prospective students and others evaluate the Program’s educational goals and the student outcomes of the education we provide. We encourage prospective students to use this information to seek the right environment to pursue their educational and scientific goals.
The mission of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (SBMRI) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is: Educating students to become the innovative biomedical scientists of the future.
With state-of-the-art technology, an entrepreneurial mindset and a highly personalized program, SBMRI is dedicated to educating the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists who will drive future cutting-edge translational research.
Program Learning Outcomes
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at SBMRI has the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs),
which are aligned with the mission and vision of SBMRI science, and which define the program.
- Research emphasizing creative and innovative approaches with an entrepreneurial mindset.
- Scientific communications emphasizing strong written and oral presentation skills.
- Strong faculty to student interface emphasizing a highly personalized program.
- Strong foundation in multidisciplinary science aligning with the collaborative ethos and common understanding of the role played by GSBS in the parental SBMRI.
Student Learning Outcomes
Because GSBS has only one program, our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
overlap substantially with our PLOs. Scientific writing, oral presentation skills and research skills are measured through our rubrics. Graduates from the SBMRI Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will have demonstrated:
- Research Skills: Graduates will demonstrate state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and commensurate technical skills. Beginning with their first laboratory experiments they will have progressed to be an accomplished experimental scientist by graduation.
- Scientific Writing and Oral Presentation Skills: Through innovative teaching methods (tutorials and problem-based learning), graduates will enjoy strengthened scientific writing and oral skills through data presentations, campus seminars and program activities. By graduation they should be able to write and publish a scientific paper, and be able to confidently present their research to an expert audience.
Course Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
are incorporated into all courses and tutorials. Students are asked to assess their mastery of the course learning outcomes through the course/tutorial evaluation system.
Student Survey Results
We frequently Survey Students
to gain a better understanding of the degree to which specific learning and teaching objectives are being met. The results provide insight into strengths and challenges and allow us to enhance out educational process.
Retention and Graduation
as of August 2013 is shown below.
In addition to graduation and placement, we measure student achievement by publication statistics.