Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is responsible for paying my mandatory fees?

  • Ultimately, the student is responsible for paying mandatory fees. First year BSGP students receive funding for GPSA fees. Following the first year, mentors may indicate in their mentor agreement that they will pay a student’s course fees. Consult your mentor agreement to determine if your RA contract should include coverage for course fees each semester. Verify that these fees are included in your RA contract before approving the contract.

    HSC Student Fees

    1. GPSA Fee ($25 fall & spring)
    2. HSC Library Fee ($130 fall & spring)
    3. HSC Student Council Fee ($1 fall & spring)
    4. Mandatory IT Technology Fee ($50 fall & spring; $10 in summer).
    5. Immigration Processing Fee ($125 fee for international students the first semester they start a new program at UNM).

     

  • These fees can change each year. Consult the most recent Tuition and Fee rates document to confirm the current fees.

How do I change the number of credit hours for a course I am registered for?

How do I know if my RA contract is correct?

You can view RA contracts that are waiting for your approval or that you have already approved by logging in to loboweb using your Main campus netID and password. Students should audit their contract for accuracy before accepting.

  1. If you are pre-comps, your monthly BSGP stipend is $2083.33 ($25,000/12). After you pass comps, your monthly BSGP stipend increases to $2208.33 ($26,500/12). Work with your department admins to change your salary after passing comps. Salaries do not automatically increase without a new contract.a.
  2. You should have at least 6 credit hours of tuition covered in fall and another 6 in spring (though we recommend 9+ hours to add cushion). You should have at least 3 credit hours in summer (though we recommend 6+).
          a. NOTE: First-year student contracts cover 14 credit hours of tuition in fall and spring to account for            core curriculum.
  3. Your mentor contract tells you what student fees your mentor has agreed to pay. We recommend mentors cover all student fees. For most BSGP students as of Fall 2019, fall and spring fees are $206 and summer fees are $10. Contracts can be written for a greater amount (ex: $500) to add cushion. If fees offered on the contract are high, the mentor will only be charged for assessed fees (ex. $206) not the full amount on the contract (ex: $500).

Please send a copy of each new assistantship (RA, TA, GA, etc.) contract to somreo@salud.unm.edu for your student file and so that we can audit your contract for accuracy.

Is my concentration added to my degree plan?

Once your your application for candidacy (PhD students) or your program of studies (MS students) is approved, you can verify whether your concentration is correctly listed in your student records by viewing your unofficial transcript.

  1. Log in to my.unm.edu
  2. In the Student Life Tab, click on Enter LoboWeb
  3. Go to Registration & Records
  4. Under Records, go to View Unofficial Academic Transcript
  5. Complete the dropdown menus (All Levels, Advisement – web), click submit
  6. Your concentration, if you have one recorded, is listed under your major (see photo)
  7. If you do not see your concentration listed, and your AOC/POS is approved, please email somreo@salud.unm.edu and request that your concentration be added. Please provide the concentration name and verification that you have completed the requirements (requirements listed here: goto.unm.edu/bsgp).

How to request a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript

 Method 1: Get a PDF of your transcripts through LoboWeb

  1. Log in to my.unm.edu
  2. In the Student Life Tab, click on Enter LoboWeb
  3. Go to Registration & Records
  4. Under Records, go to Advisement Transcript - UNM
  • If you have holds on your record, you will be unable to view or download your transcript
  1. Click Submit Request
  2. Once submitted, you will be emailed (to UNM email) a PDF version of your transcript

Method 2: Get an unofficial copy of your transcripts from the Office of Records and Registration

  • You may go to the Office of Records and Registration in person to request and/or pick up your unofficial transcripts. Photo identification is required when ordering and picking up transcripts in person.
  • Unofficial transcripts are free with a maximum of three copies per person only.
  • Students with work prior to the Summer of 1983 or other Record holds will take additional time.

Is the BSGP program is right for me?

  • The School of Medicine - Research Education Office (SOMREO) administers many different programs, including the BSGP (MS, PhD), Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science, Masters in Clinical Research, and MD/PhD. Each program has its own section on the SOMREO website. Review the SOMREO website to determine what program is right for you based on your goals and the level of education you have already attained.

Is a master's degree required to enter the BSGP PhD program?

  • No.  A master’s degree is not required, nor do PhD students in the BSGP earn a MS degree on the way to the PhD.

I’m interested in studying pharmaceutical science/toxicology.  Do I need to apply to the College of Pharmacy?

  • No, you should apply for admission to the BSGP PhD program.
    • The BSGP partners with the College of Pharmacy to provide a research-based educational program for PhD students in pharmaceutical sciences and toxicology.
  • When you are filling out the UNM graduate admission application, select Biomedical Sciences as both the Department and Major.

When should I begin my application?

  • Ideally, you should begin your application in October or November!
  • Domestic US applicants: Ideally, you should start your application early so that your application will be reviewed in the first review sessions.
    • For most applicants, it typically takes 4 – 6 weeks for an application to go from the date the application is started to the date it is reviewed.
    • International applicants: You should plan on at least 6 – 8 weeks to allow sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Why so early?

  • Early applicants will be evaluated in the first review sessions and qualified applicants will have the best chance of securing an in-person interview or one of the first Skype interviews.
    • Please see the BSGP Admissions page for specific information about the interview deadlines.
    • If you wait until late in the application season, we may not have sufficient time to deal with unexpected issues such as slow delivery of official transcripts, referees who do not respond in a timely manner, and other problems that may hinder the completion of your application.
    • The BSGP Admissions Committee begins to make offers of admission immediately after the first on-campus interview session.
      • Thus, as the admission season continues, the number of available slots grows smaller, and the odds of receiving an offer of admission diminish.
      • History has shown that applicants who wait until February to begin an application are likely to have an incomplete application as of the final deadline.

Unable to upload documents?

 If you are in the process of completing your UNM graduate application and don’t see a place to upload your letter of intent, GRE scores, CV/resume or any other required documents, check your application to ensure that the “readmittance into the program” box is not checked – it is located in the Program of Interest section below the term you indicated you are applying for.

Can I pay the application fee after I've been accepted?

  • No.  UNM will not release an application to the BSGP for consideration until the application fee is paid.

Can I get a fee waiver?

  • The University’s graduate application fee may be waived for domestic applicants who are affiliated with the following programs:
    • the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC),
    • McNair Scholars,
    • Project 1000,
    • Post Baccalaureate Research and Education Programs (PREP),
    • GEM Fellowship Program, and
    • Initiatives for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD).
    • In order to receive the waiver, applicants must submit a signed letter of support from the program director along with the completed application fee waiver request form.
    • Visit http://grad.unm.edu/resources/gs-forms/application-fee-waiver.html for more specific details.
    • Application fee waivers are not available to international students.
Is there an appeal process if my application is declined?
  • No.  All BSGP admissions decisions are final.
  • If your application for admission is declined, but the Admissions Committee feels there are steps you can take to improve your application, you will receive a letter with suggestions for strengthening your application in the future.
    • If you choose to apply for admission to the BSGP again, it is to your advantage to follow the advice provided in the letter you received.

I wasn’t a biology or science major.  Can I apply to the BSGP?

  • Yes, as long as you have completed, or plan to complete, the pre-requisite coursework with a grade of “B” or higher.
    • Please see the Admissions page for the list of pre-requisite courses.

Can I apply for admission now, before I’ve finished my pre-requisite coursework?

  • Yes, you can apply for admission while you are finishing your pre-requisite coursework.
    • You will be required to show a plan for completing the courses prior to the start of Fall classes (classes usually start the third Monday in August)
    • If selected for admission, you will need to submit final official transcripts showing successful completion of pre-requisite courses with a grade of “B” or higher, prior to the start of Fall classes.

Can I finish some of the pre-requisite coursework after I’m admitted?

  • No.  All pre-requisite coursework must be completed prior to the start of Fall semester classes.
    • The pre-requisite coursework establishes the foundation for the BSGP first-year core curriculum.

My GPA (or GRE score) doesn’t meet the minimum requirement.  Can I still apply for admission?

  • The BSGP Admissions Committee considers the entire application, including laboratory experience, letters of recommendation, and the letter of intent, when making the admissions decision.
    • These factors are weighed along with the GPA and GRE scores.
    • However, a GPA or GRE score that is significantly below the minimum will have a negative impact on your evaluation.
    • Bear in mind that the BSGP is highly competitive, and it is to your advantage to take remedial action to strengthen your application before applying for admission.

I don’t have any laboratory experience.  Am I eligible for admission to the BSGP?

  • Laboratory experience is not required, but is highly desirable.
    • Having previous lab experience will give your application a competitive edge!
    • We strongly encourage all applicants to acquire relevant laboratory experience before applying for admission.

How can I acquire research laboratory experience?

  • Try to find a laboratory position by talking to your professors or searching the employment web site at your university. 
    • Many universities hire student employees as laboratory research technicians. 
    • Some research faculty will allow undergraduates to work in the laboratory for academic credit. 
    • Seek out summer research internships, such as SOMREO’s Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN).
      • Please be aware that some summer research internships restrict entry to sophomores or juniors.
      • If you have graduated or are graduating soon, look for short-term research technician positions. 
      • You can also seek out post-baccalaureate training programs such as the NIH-funded PREP.

Do I have to identify a research mentor (advisor) or research department when I apply for admission?

  • No.  All BSGP students enter the program undifferentiated.
    • You will, however, be asked to name 3 research areas that are of interest to you, although you are not bound to those areas when you enter the program.
    • First-year PhD students complete 3 different laboratory rotations during the first academic year.
    • A research mentor and department is selected by mutual agreement from one of the rotations.
  • You must submit official transcripts, diploma, and certificate of graduation in the original language and official English translation.
    • The transcript documents must bear the seals, stamps, or signatures of authorizing officials at your institution.
  • If you have been issued only one transcript, do not send the original! 
    • In most cases, you can take your transcripts to your institution and have official copies made by the registrar. 
    • If you are in Albuquerque, you can take your original transcripts to the Office of International Admissions to have them certified and copied.
    • For more information, visit the Global Education Office site.
  • The BSGP requires an English Proficiency for international applicants with few exceptions.

Resources for the MS/PhD in Biomedical Sciences Programs

BSGP Handbook, 2019-2020, Learning Plan (sample)
BSGP Handbook, 2018-2019
BSGP Handbook, 2017-2018
BSGP Code of Professional Conduct

Annual Activities and Accomplishment Report: due each May while in the program.

Application for Candidacy (PhD) - due semester after taking the Comprehensive Exam (can be done earlier).  See below for details.

Assistantships: Committee on Studies (COS) forms: MS and PhD Comprehensive Exam information:

COVID-19

Dissertation Committee: post-Comprehensive PhD

Dissertation Defense information:
  • Announcement of Exam (online form): due to OGS at least two weeks prior
  • Exam Flyer: due to BREP at least three weeks prior
  • Report of Exam (online form): due within a week of your defense
    1. COS (Exam Committee) Chair Initiates at gradforms.unm.edu by entering the overall COS decision
    2. Each member of the COS, including the Chair a second time, enters their individual decision
    3. The form then routes electronically to OGS
  • Report on Thesis/Dissertation: one from each reader due within a week of your defense
    1. These are paper forms completed by each member of the examination committee
    2. The COS Chair should collect these and return them to the BREP Office for forwarding to OGS

Graduate Resource Center Workshops: Calendar

Workshops on a variety of topics for graduate students including; Wellness, Reading Skills and Strategies, Financial Literacy, Time Management, and more.

Graduation:

  • Graduation Checklist: due semester prior to graduation
  • Exit Information Sheet: complete during your last semester.
  • Intent to Graduate: due after your Program of Studies (POS) is approved and no later than semester prior to graduation.
  • Graduate Studies Roadmap for graduation: Start to Finish
  • All degree requirements (except current term grades) must be complete by the following deadlines:
    • Summer Graduation: July 15
    • Fall Graduation: November 15
    • Spring Graduation: April 15
Individual Development Plan: Lab Rotations (First Year):

Manuscript (Thesis/Dissertation) Information - lots of information on the Graduate Studies site; format, ETD Release, Procedures, Embargo, Checklist!

Mentor Forms

Program of Studies (MS) - due semester prior to graduation.  See below for details.

Qualifying Exam information: Student Health and Counseling:
  • Counseling
  • Medical Services (Immunizations, Lab and X-Ray, Acupuncture, etc.)
  • Pharmacy
  • Wellness workshops
Student Health Plan:
  • UNM provides full payment of an assistantship recipient’s insurance coverage premium, on a semester-by-semester basis, provided the FTE is 25% or higher and all other eligibility criteria to hold the assistantship is met.
  • Website with details on the Student Health Plan: https://hr.unm.edu/benefits/student-health-plan
  • Enrollment, call 855-865-0352: Waiver process, adding dependents, initial enrollment, adding dental, vision, etc.
  • Medical Plan, call 844-866-2224: Information about ID cards, provider networks, prior authorization, prescriptions, etc.
Thesis Defense information:
  • Announcement of Exam (online form): due to OGS at least two weeks prior
  • Exam Flyer: due to BREP at least three weeks prior
  • Report of Exam (online form): due within a week of your defense
    1. COS (Exam Committee) Chair Initiates at gradforms.unm.edu by entering the overall COS decision
    2. Each member of the COS, including the Chair a second time, enters their individual decision
    3. The form then routes electronically to OGS
  • Report on Thesis/Dissertation: one from each reader due within a week of your defense
    1. These are paper forms completed by each member of the examination committee
    2. The COS Chair should collect these and return them to the BREP Office for forwarding to OGS
Travel Award: Wellness:

Required Courses

All first year students (MS and PhD) share a one-year core curriculum. MS students may take up to 2 years to complete these courses:

Course Title Credits
BIOM 501 Fundamentals for Graduate Research 1
BIOM 507 Advanced Molecular Biology 4
BIOM 508 Advanced Cellular Biology 4
BIOM 522 Experimental Design and Methods in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences 3
BIOM 525 Cell and Molecular Basis of Disease Journal Club 2
BIOM 530 Cell and Molecular Basis of Disease Seminar
(2 semesters, 1 credit hour each, year 1)
2
Lab Rotations Complete lab rotations(at least 3 for the PhD, 2 for the MS) 0
BIOM 555 Problem Based Research Bioethics (year 2) 1
Biostatistics Method TBA
Seminars Departmental or additional BIOM 530
(2 semesters, 1+ credit hour each, 2nd year)
2
Statistics At least 2 hours of graduate statistics(may be taken in 2nd year or later) 2


Students then have a choice of at least 9 credit hours selected from the following:

Course Title Credits
BIOM 509 Principles of Neurobiology 3
BIOM 510 Physiology 3
BIOM 514 Immunobiology 3
BIOM 515 Cancer Biology 3
PHRM 576 Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology 3


To view the program's curricular map as a suggested time line to follow, click here.

Resources available to students through the Student Health and Counseling Office:

  • Counseling Tips for Students/Parents (and Mentors)
  • Counseling Resources
  • Medical Services (Immunizations, Lab and X-Ray, Acupuncture, etc.)
  • Pharmacy

Limited funds are available on a competitive basis as travel supplements to defray the cost of BSGP student travel to professional meetings. Applications will be accepted three (3) times per year with deadlines of: October 1, February 1 and June 1. Announcements of the BSGP Travel Award application deadline will be circulated one month before each deadline to students, department administrative contacts and faculty. Applications will be reviewed by the Travel Award Review Committee, consisting of at least three faculty members, and ranked in order of merit. Students and their mentor will be notified of funding within two weeks of the committee decision.

Award distribution (number of awards and amount of award) will be contingent on availability of funds and will be processed as reimbursement after travel has occurred.

BSGP Travel Award:
Qualifying Exam Spring Mid-Year Exam
First-year BSGP Students are notified of Qualifying Exam Dates and deadlines April 1 November 1
Deadline for student petitions to take Qualifying Exam April 30 November 30
Requests to course directors for papers April Mid November
Deadline for papers from course directors May Mid December
Exam committee meets to choose papers and organize the exam Early May Early December
Steering Committee meets to approve student petitions (first Thursday of the month) Mid May Mid December
Qualifying Exam Prep Session (given by Program Director and QE Chair) Late May Mid January
Students turn in selected papers (exam is held 5 days after paper choice) Late May Mid January
Exams Late May Mid January
The form is due to the School of Medicine - Research Education Office at least one week prior to the OGS deadline:
  • Summer Graduation: March 1st
  • Fall Graduation: July 1st
  • Spring Graduation: October 1st

Program of Studies Form (PDF and Electronic):

  • Section 1: Complete with your info.
  • Section 2: "SOM - Research Education Office"
  • Section 3: Complete with your info.
  • Section 4:
    Choose "Master's Degree" and check the box
    • If you are also completing the Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST), then choose "Master's Degree (plus Graduate Certificate)"
    Degree Abbreviation (Primary Program): "Master's of Science"
    Major: "Biomedical Sciences"
    Banner Major Code: "MS-BIOM"
    • If you are also completing the Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST), fill in the following as well:
      Degree Abbreviation (Certificate): "Graduate Certificate"
      Major: "University Science Teaching"
      Banner Major Code: "GCERT-UST"
  • Section 5: Blank
    • If you are also completing a concentration, enter the name (Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Infectious Disease & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science and Technology Management):
      Concentration #1: Concentration
      Concentration #2: Blank or 2nd concentration
  • Section 6: Blank
  • Section 7: Check"Plan I (with thesis)"
  • Section 8: Enter the Semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) and Year you intend to graduate.
  • Section 9: Check the year you entered the program.
  • Section 10: Enter all applicable courses, noting core with a checkmark in the "C" column.
  • Section 11: Enter approved Applied Credit (courses taken at UNM as Non-Degree, Extension, or while an Undergraduate) courses here.
  • Section 12: Enter approved transfer (non-UNM) courses here.
  • Section 13: Blank
    • If you are also completing the Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST), enter all courses used for the Certificate.
    • Courses listed here should also appear in one of the preceding sections, 10-12.
    • Use additional pages if more lines are required.
  • Section 14: Blank
  • Section 15: Student and Major Advisor (Committee Chair) sign.
  • Section 16: Blank
    • If also receiving a certificate (e.g. CUST) then Student and Major Advisor sign this section also.

If using the PDF form:

Once you and your Committee Chair have signed, the form should be submitted to the School of Medicine - Research Education Office for Graduate Director signatures, recording, and courier to Graduate Studies.

If using the electronic form:

  • Select all applicable courses in the left side check-box. This is usually all of your BIOM and PHRM graduate courses.
  • Core box: select for all of core courses; 501, 507, 508, 522, 525, 530, 555, and your Selectives.
  • Multiple Credential column: check for any courses shared with a Certificate you are receiving:
    • Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST): BIOM 525, 540, 542, 543, and CUST applicable electives.

Once you have submitted your form on gradforms.unm.edu and your Committee Chair has electronically signed the form on gradforms.unm.edu, the form will electronically route to the Graduate Director for signature. If the graduate director approves, the form will electronically route to OGS.

At the various steps of approval, emails are generated to the student and notifications are sent to the appropriate reviewer as well.

The student can check the status of the POS (who’s queue the form is in) on gradforms.unm.edu.

If at any step your POS is rejected/returned for correction, it will be routed back to the student with comment from the reviewer as to what changes are needed on the form.

The form is due to the School of Medicine - Research Education Office at least one week prior to the OGS deadline:
  • Summer Graduation: last day of the Spring term
  • Fall Graduation: last day of the Summer term
  • Spring Graduation: last day of the Fall term

Application for Candidacy Form:

  • Section 1: Complete with your info.
  • Section 2: Complete with your info.
  • Section 3:
    Graduate Unit/Department: "SOM - Research Education Office"
    Choose "Doctoral Degree Only" and check the PhD box
    • If you are also completing the Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST)
      Choose "Doctoral Degree (plus Graduate Certificate)" and check the PhD box on that line instead.
    Degree Abbreviation (Primary Program): "PhD"
    Major: "Biomedical Sciences"
    Banner Major Code: "PhD-BIOM"
    • If you are also completing the Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST), fill in the following as well:
      Degree Abbreviation (Secondary Program - Dual/Certificate): "Graduate Certificate"
      Major: "University Science Teaching"
      Banner Major Code: "GCERT-UST"
  • Section 4: Blank
    • If you are also completing a concentration, enter the name (Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Infectious Disease & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science and Technology Management):
      Concentration (if any): Concentration
  • Section 5: Blank
  • Section 6: Enter the Semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) and Year you intend to graduate.
  • Section 7: Check the year you entered the program.
  • Section 8: Enter all applicable courses, noting core with a checkmark in the "C" column.
  • Section 9: Blank
  • Section 10: Blank
  • Section 11: Enter approved transfer (non-UNM or courses taken at UNM as Non-Degree) courses here.
  • Section 12: Blank
    • If you are also completing the Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST), enter all courses used for the Certificate.
    • Courses listed here should also appear in one of the preceding sections, 8-11.
    • Use additional pages if more lines are required.
  • Section 13: Blank
  • Section 14: Student and Major Advisor (Committee Chair) sign.
  • Section 15: Blank
    • If also receiving a certificate (e.g. CUST) the Student and Major Advisor sign this section also.

If using the PDF form:

Once you and your Committee Chair have signed, the form should be submitted to the School of Medicine - Research Education Office for Graduate Director signatures, recording, and courier to Graduate Studies.

If using the electronic form:

  • Select all applicable courses in the left side check-box. This is usually all of your BIOM and PHRM graduate courses.
  • Core box: select for all of core courses; 501, 507, 508, 522, 525, 530, 555, and your Selectives.
  • Multiple Credential column: check for any courses shared with a Certificate you are receiving:
    • Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST): BIOM 525, 540, 542, 543, and CUST applicable electives.

Once you have submitted your form on gradforms.unm.edu and your Committee Chair has electronically signed the form on gradforms.unm.edu, the form will electronically route to the Graduate Director for signature. If the graduate director approves, the form will electronically route to OGS.

At the various steps of approval, emails are generated to the student and notifications are sent to the appropriate reviewer as well.

The student can check the status of the AOC (who’s queue the form is in) on gradforms.unm.edu.

If at any step your AOC is rejected/returned for correction, it will be routed back to the student with comment from the reviewer as to what changes are needed on the form.