Student Eligibility

Applicants for this specialized training program must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing at UTHealth, Baylor College of Medicine, or The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. These include students pursuing a degree in any of the following:

  • Genetics or interdisciplinary biomedical science at the UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences jointly operated by UT and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Human and molecular genetics at Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Human genetics in the MD/PhD program at UTHealth Medical School.
  • Epidemiology at UTHealth School of Public Health.
  • Health information sciences at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics.

Students must have completed at least one year in their respective program. This means they have completed, or almost completed, their course work and are formulating plans for their dissertation research project. Preference will be given to applicants in their second or third year of training because they would benefit most from this program.  

Students should verify that their faculty advisor is a current mentor in the program.  If not, please see new faculty eligibility procedures below on how to become a mentor.

New Faculty Eligibility

New faculty for the Houston Laboratory and Population Sciences Training Program in Gene-Environment Interaction can be nominated by a colleague or department chair. The following criteria will be utilized when considering new faculty appointments:

  • A strong publications record
  • Significant independent funding
  • Appropriate area of expertise
  • A tenure-track academic appointment
  • Considerable mentoring experience

Nomination of new mentors will also be considered as students are applying to the program. The same criteria listed above will be applied for approval. Mentors for students applying to the program will automatically be nominated upon the student being accepted into the program.  The faculty application must include:

  • CV/biosketch (NIH style)
  • List of current grants/other sources of funding
  • 1 or 2 page research statement explicitly stating their interest in gene-environment interactions
  • History of mentoring experience
  • Willingness to participate in program activities

Forms can be sent via email as a PDF or Word attachment to Mary Dusing. The program Steering Committee reviews all applications and appoints new members of the faculty.