The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) at Emory University is active in fostering an environment of learning and enrichment. The GDBBS is committed to ensuring that scientific training is relevant to all graduates, including those students who wish to pursue a career outside the realm of academic research.  We provide a greatly enriched curriculum and opportunities for students to obtain specialized training and internships in their specific area of interest. We are assembling a collection of enrichment opportunities, both in Atlanta, and across the country, that will expose students to many career options. Our belief is that this program will distinguish Emory graduates from others because our students will be forming ties between all units of the community, including Law, Business, Journalism, Education, Public Health and Policy, and Medicine.

Mentoring and Networking Opportunities

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST)

The NIH-funded BEST program aims to better prepare predoctoral and postdoctoral scientists for the breadth of possible careers in the biomedical research workforce and to establish a network, share, evaluate and disseminate best practices. More information can be found on the BEST website.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

The NIH-funded IMSD program is a reflection of our commitment to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce. The program focuses on multi-level mentoring, research integrity, and career preparation and planning to foster competitive graduate school and postdoctoral applications. Fellows are appointed to the grant, but all students are welcome to attend program events and workshops. Additional information can be found on the IMSD website.

GDBBS Career Seminar Series

The GDBBS hosts a seminar series that invites speakers from across the country to discuss careers outside of academia. Archives of the talks are available on the GDBBS Career Seminar Series website


The GDBBS provides this service to students who wish to find an e-mentor in academic and non-academic careers on the MentorNet website.

Mentors on Call (MOC)

Alumni can provide important guidance on activities such as preparing CVs, managing work/life balance, negotiating salaries, and much more. Since its launch in 2010-11, the Laney Graduate School, in collaboration with the Emory Alumni Association, has made more than 130 matches of alumni and students for informal mentoring and professional guidance. More information is available on the MOC website.

Pathways Beyond the Professoriate (PBP)

The Versatile PhD
The mission of the Versatile PhD is to help graduate students identify and prepare for possible non-academic careers. The Versatile PhD will help to demystify non-academic careers, revealing many interesting professions that can utilize the skills you are developing in graduate school.  The Versatile PhD is a free community for all graduate students.  Information can be found on their website (link to

BioCareer Center

The GDBBS provides this as a resource for students who want advice on career management and access to a jobs board on the BioCareer Center website.


Mentoring Guides & Additional Resources


Internships provide graduate students with the opportunity to experience the work environment at a variety of non-academic sites. Examples include organizations involved in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, technology transfer, public policy, non-profits, journalism, and government. Since graduate school is so intensive, it is often difficult to find time for such an endeavor, but it is not out of the realm of possibility for the dedicated student. The GDBBS is currently assisting those interested to find suitable internships and each request will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Find out more about Internships on the Internships website.

Dual/Joint Degrees and Certificates

MD/PhD Degree

Emory is one of 39 Universities offering this joint degree in the US. The Medical Sciences Training Program at Emory is supported by the University and the National Institutes of Health and offers the opportunity to integrate training in basic biomedical research with the medical degree. There is a separate application and admission process. Learn more about the program on the MD/PhD program website

Master of Arts in Bioethics

The Master of Arts in Bioethics program at Emory University's Center for Ethics provides rigorous, advanced, and interdisciplinary training for professionals and students interested in social and ethical challenges in health care and the life sciences. Students in the program are connected with a dynamic network of experts, like-minded professionals, scholars, and resources in order to prepare themselves professionally to address ethical considerations in biomedicine. Learn more about the program on the MA in Bioethics website.

Master of Science in Clinical Research

Students pursuing a dissertation topic with strong clinical and translational emphasis may want to consider a joint Master of Science in Clinical Research. An additional year of course work is required. The degree will prepare you to participate in large clinical studies and to engage in research that will translate the findings of research laboratory to the patient’s bedside. 
Stipend support for the additional year may be available. Learn more about the program on MSCR program website. 

Certificate Program in Clinical and Translational Research

The Certificate Program in Translational Research is a multidisciplinary program of the Emory Laney Graduate School for PhD students, Emory postdocs and faculty members who seek to conduct research at the interface between basic science and clinical medicine. Learn more about the program on the Certificate Program in Translational Research website.

Teaching Certificate Program in Science Education

The Center for Science Education has developed a new Teaching Certificate Program to train PhD students to teach science at all levels. Courses, seminars, and practical teaching experience will be part of the curriculum. This certificate program provides opportunities for advanced graduate students and for postdoctoral associates to work with a teaching mentor, participate in teaching and professional development seminars and gain practical experience in course design. Learn more about the program on Center for Science Education website. 

M2M Pathway (Molecules to Mankind)

The M2M pathway is supported by a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award. The M2M pathway is a distinct pathway that utilizes co-mentors from two existing PhD programs for each student, one in a laboratory science and one in a population science. M2M students are admitted to one of the PhD programs and then choose a second mentor in the other program. M2M will be the integrator responsible for creating a bridge between these areas of science and enabling the traffic across that bridge that will create a new kind of biomedical scientist. Learn more about the program on the M2M Pathway website.

Non-Degree Coursework

Many of our students take advantage of courses offered in other departments and disciplines. Students have taken courses in Business, Law, Public Health, Math and Computer Sciences, etc. while pursuing the PhD. 

Fellowship Opportunities

The GDBBS provides a list of potential fellowships and grants on the Fellowships webpage. This list is not exhaustive but would be a good place to start.

Student Groups

Emory Science Communication

Students interested in science writing have the opportunity to write articles for the bi-annual GDBBS Alumni Newsletter, and act as Editor of the newsletter. The newsletter is distributed to all GDBBS Alumni and is posted at

Career Committee

The GDBBS Career Committee consists of student volunteers who are responsible for programming and hosting the monthly GDBBS Career Seminar series. A number of Emory graduates and other professionals from a variety of different careers are invited to campus to describe their career path, individually meet with students, and encourage students to explore career possibilities. Contact Monica Taylor, GDBBS Director of Student Development, for more information.

Division Student Advisory Committee (DSAC)

This committee consists of a representative from each of the eight graduate programs and is charged with working with the GDBBS Director to address student concerns and other issues. In addition, they sponsor regular student functions that help build a sense of community and interactions among and between programs. A major activity is organizing and hosting the annual GDBBS Student Research Symposium each spring. Contact Monica Taylor, GDBBS Director of Student Development, for more information.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The Black Graduate Student Association is dedicated to the enhancement of the graduate experience for African-American students and students of African descent at Emory University. They welcome the participation of other students as well.

The organization has been established to serve as a foundation for building unity, support, and academic excellence among these students as well as the greater Emory community. The association will accomplish these goals by designing experiences that focus on, but are by no means limited to: recruitment; the transition from undergraduate to graduate school; academic support; and opportunities for fellowship, service, and activism. You can find more information on the BGSA website

Latina/o Graduate Student Association (LGSA)

The mission of the LGSA is to build, sustain, and connect the Latin@ community at Laney Graduate School, at Emory University, as well as the greater Atlanta area. The LGSA intends to create community and awareness through monthly “Cafecitos,” invited speakers, reading groups, faculty/student networking, undergraduate mentoring, academic conferences and social gatherings. More information can be found at on their Facebook page (link to

GDBBS Involved in Volunteerism at Emory (GIVE)

Our mission is to foster civic responsibility and engagement from the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) community through outreach activities organized by faculty, staff, and students. The GDBBS is one of the PhD programs in the Laney Graduate School at Emory. The activities planned by this organization hope to foster a spirit of altruism and the development of a deeper connection within our communities by donating our time, efforts, talents, leadership, and service skills. Visit the GIVE website for more information.

Other Programs

MD/PhD Program

We are dedicated to training exceptional students from a variety of disciplines who will become the next leaders in clinical academic medicine and biomedical research. The Emory MD/PhD Program combines the advantages of rigorous preparation in clinical medicine with interdisciplinary training in the basic and social sciences of Emory’s Laney Graduate School. We recognize that a thriving, interdisciplinary physician-scientist training program is an integral and central component of top academic medical centers; through this combined educational experience, the Emory MD/PhD Program provides the training necessary for students to work at the forefront of a scientific field while concurrently developing outstanding clinical skills.

Visit the program website for Program Information, Course Information and Program Faculty.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURE)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data, and create written and oral presentations of their results. At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium.

Visit the program website for Program Information.