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The Academy at GSBS


The Academy at the GSBS is designed to train the next generation of leaders in the field of biomedical sciences.  The main goal of The Academy at the GSBS is to provide high-level and effective training to individuals who desire a community to bolster their success in the biomedical sciences. By actively participating in this program, students will gain the skills necessary to thrive in graduate school such as time management, navigating their biomedical career, and effective scientific communication. The Academy provides academic, professional and social enhancement skills for our students to build a fulfilling biomedical science career beyond the GSBS.


In addition to the many benefits of being a GSBS Student, Academy scholars receive the following:

  • Supplemental activities designed to help you focus on your success as a student and beyond.
  • Guidance through dedicated time and resources of the Office of Student Affairs.
  • A social support network among Academy scholars.

(*Select scholars receive a scholarship in addition to their stipend, based on availability)


Academy Scholars are selected after the GSBS has offered admission and/or once the offer is accepted.


Program Activities

Pre-matriculation bootcamp (each summer)

Academic year workshops and activities

Supplemental peer and individualized mentoring

Program Contacts

Cherilynn R. Shadding, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Education

Tanieka Young, MBA, MSHRD
Program Manager
Student Affairs 

Academy at GSBS 2023 Cohort 3

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Pictured from Left to Right front row: PhD- Chante Bethell, PhD- Ya Xiang "Sophia" Huang, MS- Amaya Craft, Left to Right second row: PhD- Alesandra Echeandia Marrero, PhD- Justin Green, PhD- Kiara Bornes, from Left to Right third row: MS- Robert Lwanga, MS- Fabian Mendoza, PhD- Ryan Gates Last Row: PhD- Mussie Araya, PhD- Mason Ruiz, PhD- Thomas Mitchell, Not pictured here: MS- Zarmeen Khan

Academy at GSBS 2022 Cohort 2

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Not pictured: PhD- Johana Gutierrez

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The Academy at GSBS 2021 Cohort 1

Pictured from Left to Right front row: PhD- Stephen Farmer, PhD- Llaran Turner, PhD- Larissa Tavizon, PhD- Samantha Mota, MS- Alexandra Flegle ; Pictured from Left to Right back row: MS- Brianne Wharton, PhD- Rene Girard, PhD- Mekenzie Peshoff, PhD- Ericka Humphrey, PhD- Jana Gomez, PhD- Josh Lindenberger, MS- Maria Grimaldo; Not pictured: SMS- Latonya Alexander, SMS- Cindy Hernandez, PhD- Andrea Hernandez, PhD- Erin Snoddy, PhD- Broderick Turner