Resources for the BSGP Program

BSGP Documents

BSGP Handbook, 2018-2019
BSGP Handbook, 2017-2018
BSGP Learning Plan (sample)

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.

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

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

Qualifying Exam Deadlines

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

Program of Studies (MS) Instructions:

The form is due to BREP 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:

  • Section 1: Complete with your info.
  • Section 2: "Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP)"
  • 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.

Once you and your Committee Chair have signed, the form should be submitted to the BREP office for Graduate Director signatures, recording, and courier to Graduate Studies.

Application for Candidacy (PhD) Instructions:

The form is due to BREP 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: "Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP)"
    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.

Once you and your Committee Chair have signed, the form should be submitted to the BREP office for Graduate Director signatures, recording, and courier to Graduate Studies.

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 505 ST: Biostatistics Method I 2
BIOM 507 Advanced Molecular Biology 4
BIOM 508 Advanced Cellular Biology 4
BIOM 525 Cell and Molecular Basis of Disease Journal Club
(2 semesters, year 1)
4
BIOM 530 Cell and Molecular Basis of Disease Seminar
(2 semesters, year 1)
2
BIOM 555 Problem Based Research Bioethics (year 2) 1
Lab Rotations Complete at least 3 lab rotations, 2 for MS students 0


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

Course Title Credits
BIOM 505 ST: Biostatistics Method II 3
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.

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: