Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) trains today’s students to be tomorrow’s scientific leaders through an innovative, scientifically rigorous and inquiry-based Ph.D. program in molecular and cellular biology. Housed within Van Andel Research Institute, a world-class biomedical research organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Graduate School offers students an exceptional scientific education, mentorship by experienced faculty members and exposure to the full spectrum of research, from basic research in the lab to translation to the clinic.
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VAIGS welcomes students from around the world.
The Graduate School’s program uses an innovative, inquiry-based approach to address its core competencies — knowledge, research, translation and innovation, and ethical and professional practices.
The Graduate School offers a strong financial support package for its students.
Students can earn their Ph.D. from the Graduate School and their M.D. from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine or Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
Michigan State University graduate students can complete their dissertation work in Van Andel Research Institute laboratories.
UNCF and the Graduate School work together to recruit and train the next generation of biomedical research leaders.