Activities and Opportunities
Each month the GSBS Immunology Program students hold an Immunology Club meeting to host workshops and faculty-led chalk-talks on varying subjects within or related to immunology, experimental methods, graduate school, and career advancement. Previous events include a patient advocacy group who described their patient-clinical perspective, an introduction to CyTOF workshop by MD Anderson’s co-director of the north campus flow cytometry core facility, and multi-perspective faculty chalk talks about their areas of immunology-related research. A number of social events for students are also held at this time. First year students are welcome to attend. For more information regarding Immunology Club, please contact Rachel Babcock, Apoorvi Chaudhri, or Heather Sonnemann.
Students are encouraged to attend cancer immunology-related seminars offered by the Center for Cancer Immunology Research (CCIR) and the Center for Inflammation and Cancer (CIC); both Centers are based at MD Anderson and specializing in translational immunology research. The seminars are wonderful opportunities for students to learn about research led by accomplished scientists. The CCIR also holds seminars in which students, postdoctoral fellows and PhD-level research staff give talks about their projects, and in return they receive feedback regarding presentation style, experimental design and interpretation of results from faculty. To be added to the mailing lists for future seminars contact Lauren Porter and specify one or all of the seminar series.
- CCIR Grand Rounds
- CIC Distinguished Lecture Series will resume soon.
- CCIR Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar Series -- held on Thursdays at 2:00 pm in the South Campus Research Building
First-Author Review Award
- The GSBS Immunology Program has established an award program to help encourage authorship among graduate students. A $500 award will be given to students who successfully publish a first-author review article. Click here for more information regarding the award for published review articles.
Individual Fellowship Award Program
- The GSBS Immunology Program has established an award program to encourage PhD students to apply for nationally competitive individual fellowships. This program will provide students with a $250 award for those who successfully submit a fellowship application and an additional $1250 award for those who are successfully funded. Click here for more information regarding the Individual Fellowship Award Program.
Research Excellence Award
- The GSBS Immunology Program has established an award program to recognize graduate students for exceptional research accomplishments. A $2000 award will be awarded annually to a deserving PhD program student. More information coming soon.
- Each year the GSBS Immunology Program provides funding to help students defray the costs of attending scientific meetings or courses. Students who are successfully awarded will receive $750 in travel funding. Click here for more information regarding travel awards.
Each year the Immunology Program sponsors a student-organized research retreat, which includes student talks, poster sessions, and a keynote speaker. The retreat is considered to be valuable time away from the laboratory allowing students and faculty to become better acquainted with each other.