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Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Education Committee seeks to raise the level of awareness of graduate education at the Medical School with the goal of contributing to the long-range development of the student and ultimately, the early career researcher.  In conjunction with the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Committee fosters and encourages the creation of educational opportunities and the strengthening of social networks.





Our Career Development Programs include seminars that focus on alternative and traditional career choices. Speakers have ranged from former Directors of the National Science Foundation and Editors of major peer-reviewed journals to congressional legislative representatives.

We also sponsor the Dean’s Research Scholarship Awards that grant five scholarships per year to students who have successfully advanced to Ph.D. candidacy and have demonstrated academic and research excellence.

The annual Graduate Student Education Committee Poster Competition is held each year at the Annual McGovern Medical School Research Retreat and allows students to present current research and gain invaluable presentation skills. Prizes range from $200–$400.

In addition, we offer a travel award program for pre and post-candidacy graduate students to help defray the costs of attending conferences and professional training courses. These competitive awards are made available to students who have been invited to attend training courses or present papers at national or international conferences or meetings related to their academic area or dissertation research.

Our grant award bonus program provides The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students with McGovern Medical School and IMM advisors a one-time $250.00 grant award bonus.

Through the efforts of the Office of Research Affairs, many other opportunities exist for professional development such as:

  • The Dean’s Lectures
  • The Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture
  • Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture
  • Collaborative Workshops

We encourage all McGovern Medical School graduate students to get involved with not only this Committee but the various University of Texas  MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of  Biomedical Sciences and Office of Research Affairs programs.

Our Committee holds meetings every third Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m.   Visit our Featured Events Page  for upcoming events, news and information.

If you have concerns you would like to communicate to the GSEC,  please email us at and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

You can also visit our Member page for contact information for the program directors, coordinators, and student members for additional information about our activities.

We welcome your input on how the GSEC can help optimize your graduate experience. Thank you for taking an interest in the GSEC. We wish you all the best in your academic endeavors.



All members of the Graduate Student Education Committee (GSEC) are members of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Faculty membership in the GSEC is determined based on the recommendations of the Committee on Committees with approval from the academic program directors and the Dean.
Student members are appointed by the program directors.