MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

A. Introduction and Mission

The purposes of the Program in Immunology of the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) are to provide high-quality, comprehensive education and research training in the field of immunology, allowing graduates to successfully pursue careers as independent investigators in academia, industry, or government and to augment the educational process for individuals pursuing studies in other disciplines by providing training in immunology.  The GSBS Program in Immunology is an inter-institutional activity with faculty and laboratories located in the UTHealth McGovern Medical School and School of Dentistry, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, all committed to excellence in graduate student education and research.  The Program recognizes its responsibilities to the individual student to ensure quality education and to provide personnel capable of promoting the highest goals in research and teaching.

B. Program Faculty

The Graduate Faculty of the Program in Immunology shall be composed of persons qualified by their scholarly, creative works and teaching abilities to supervise and instruct graduate students.  The faculty shall be composed of Regular Members, Associate Members, and Distinguished Senior Lecturers, as determined by the GSBS Membership Committee.

C.  Program Organization

The Director is responsible for organizing all program activities or delegating the organization of specific activities to other faculty, students, and/or staff.  The Director must be a Regular Member of the Program Faculty.  The Director shall be elected to a three-year term.  To preserve the integrity and anonymity of the election process, the Graduate School will conduct the election.  GSBS will solicit nominations, including self-nominations, from the Program faculty at-large to serve as Director. Once the slate of candidates has been approved by the Deans’ Office, GSBS will conduct the election and report the results to the Program community.  The Director shall be elected by a simple majority of the membership of the Program Faculty.  He/she may succeed him or herself.  There is no limitation on the number of terms a Director may serve.  Department Chairs are prohibited from serving as Director due to potential conflicts of interest. The Director's responsibilities will be to:

The Co-director will carry out the Director's responsibilities in the Director's absence. The Co-director will be elected to a three-year term in the same manner as the Director. To preserve the integrity and anonymity of the election process, the Graduate School will conduct the election.  GSBS will solicit nominations, including self-nominations, from the Program faculty at-large.  Once the slate of candidates has been approved by the Deans’ Office, GSBS will conduct the election and report the results to the Program community.  In the event of a vacancy in the Director position, the Co-Director will become the Interim Director until an election is held to fill the Director position. Department Chairs are prohibited from serving as Co-Director due to potential conflicts of interest

D.  Committees

Because of the large size of faculty, drawn from many departments, the Steering Committee shall formulate policies concerning the academic and fiscal aspects of the Program and present them to the Program Faculty for approval or modification quarterly.  The Steering Committee shall be elected by a vote of the Program Faculty.

The Bylaws Committee shall consist of a Chair and four additional Program Faculty appointed by the Steering Committee.  Bylaws Committee Members shall serve three-year terms and can be reappointed by the Steering Committee.

The Curriculum Committee shall consist of a Chair, four additional faculty members appointed by the Steering Committee, and a student representative who has entered candidacy for their doctoral degree.  All terms will be three years.

The Admissions Committee will consist of a chairman and at least four additional faculty appointed by the Steering Committee.  Members shall serve for three years.

E.  Meetings

 F.  Procedures

G.  Degree Programs

Any GSBS student in good standing can join the Immunology Program.  All students within the Program will be expected to complete all Program and GSBS requirements.  Exceptions towards fulfilling the required program courses may be made by the Director, on a case-by-case basis, for students (including MD/PhD students) who have fulfilled the GSBS (or MD/PhD) requirements.  It is not required for students to choose a Program with which their mentor is affiliated.