1. -11.27.17: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, BTP presentations to VA Tech IMSD and Prep Scholar Students in Pinn 3006 with snacks

  2. -BTP Industrial Panel 11.27.17 in Pinn 114 (12:30 - 1:30 pm) with refreshments

  3. -11.27.17: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, BTP lunch with Panelists and VA Tech IMSD and Prep Scholar Students in Pinn 117

  4. -BTP Journal Club 12.8.17 in Pinn 7100 (talks by Jennifer Ortiz and Kris Rawls)

  5. -Check out BTP Twitter

  6. -Private BTP site for networking

*US citizen, green card; apply before arrival at UVa, or as a 1st or 2nd yr PhD student; May 1 deadlineBIMS ‘nomination’ form also needed.

OPEN TO ALL* PhD STUDENTS from science and engineering departments at UVa, including mentor labs not currently listed.  Download presentation.

MISSION: (i) most importantly to learn how to become exceptional scientists, (ii) experience 2 - 3 months of industrial science, and (iii) promote synergy among disciplines through Journal Clubs/Data Sessions, Seminars and Symposia.

SUPPORT: BTP student support is for two years after which mentor grants or your own fellowship funding take over.  The BTP is funded by NIGMS (5T32 GM008715).

FACTS: Since 2000, 83 students have trained or are currently training in the BTP from home departments in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Systems Engineering. Among alumni, three are now company Directors (GSK, Amgen & Eli Lilly), one a company CEO (FlowJo), another a company founder and another a company CTO, one is an Interim Associate Dean, another an Associate Professor, three are Assistant Professors.  Nine are Co-Directors, Group Leaders or Managers. One is an NSF Deputy Director. Another is an Assistant Scientific Editor at Cell Press.  Some are currently training as postdocs.  Relative employment distribution of grads is depicted in the pie chart below. 

The BTP is one of 23 NIGMS supported BTPs nationwide and the only one in Virginia.  Average time to PhD since 2007 is 5.3 years.  100% of entered students successfully attained a PhD with an average of 4.7 publications per graduated student.  CHECK OUT THE SUCCESS OF ALL OUR TRAINEES.  SEE OUR CURRENT TRAINEES.

DIVERSITY: The BTP strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities.  33% of our 27 current trainees, including 5 of 10 now supported by NIH BTP funded slots, are underrepresented minorities.  One of our graduates was hearing impaired and performed PhD studies on chronic otitis media.  Ear expert and BTP mentor Xiaowei Lu is a leader in the study of cochlear planar cell polarity.  The father of BTP mentor Jill Venton was a long time professor at Gallaudet University, a federally funded university for the deaf and hard of hearing.  The BTP has visited and presented to Gallaudet students.  CHECK OUT THE SUCCESS OF OUR DIVERSITY TRAINEESOur last BIMS Diversity Day was 9.26.17.

CHECK OUT OUR RESOURCES: (i) for Underrepresented Minorities, and (ii) for Individuals with Disabilities.