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About VAIGS

Exceptional science, outstanding education

Van Andel Institute Graduate School transforms students into independent scientists through an intense, problem-focused Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular biology. By combining rigorous, problem-based coursework with extensive experience in laboratories led by the Institute’s expert faculty, the Graduate School prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond. The Graduate School thrives within the state-of-the-art facilities of Van Andel Institute, with access to extensive core technology support and the resources of collaborators in Grand Rapids, Michigan and around the country.

Van Andel Institute Graduate School is a member of the Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC)

From student to scientist

Using an innovative, problem-based learning approach, the Institute’s graduate students are trained to conduct high-caliber science, blending discovery with invention and insight with application.

Fostering tomorrow’s leaders

The Graduate School is committed to developing the next generation of scientists through a rigorous scientific education and the development of vital professional skills such as leadership, ethics, responsible and effective conduct of research, public speaking, and grant and technical writing.

Mentorship and networking

Thanks to a low student:faculty ratio, Graduate School students receive extensive and thoughtful mentorship from the Institute’s distinguished faculty, who have made significant contributions to the scientific community. Students also meet with esteemed speakers from around the world as part of the Institute’s seminar series and scientific symposia.