Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Program Handbooks

IBMS Handbook of Policies and Procedures

Radiological Sciences Operating Manual

Translational Science Ph.D. Student Handbook

Biochemistry Graduate Program Handbook

DMP Ph.D Program Handbook

Physiology Handbook of Procedures and Guidelines

BME Program Handbook

Pharmacology Student Handbook

Molecular Medicine Graduate Program Handbook

CSB Graduate Program Handbook

Cancer Prevention Certification Program Handbook

Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program Handbook

MS Clinical Investigation and Translational Science Graduate Program Handbook

MSII Handbook of Policies and Procedures

Translational Science Certification Program Handbook

MSDS Program Handbook

MS CSA Graduate Program Handbook

New Student Information


It is our pleasure to welcome and assist you with your transition to the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and the city of San Antonio. Below you will find important information regarding your matriculation and enrollment process.

If you have any questions, please contact Admissions Program Coordinator, Yvonne Valdez at or call 210-567-0957.

Student Web Orientation

All students are required to complete the web orientation offered by the Health Science Center's Knowledge Center (KC) learning management system. The instructions will be sent to your UTHSCSA LiveMail account from KC.

For supervisor notification, add Nicquet Blake, in order for her to receive a notice of completion. Failure to complete both modules of the web orientation will result in a HOLD status and will delay the registration process.

Account E-mails

An email from Student Services has been sent regarding your UTHSCSA email and domain account. If you cannot locate this email, please check your junk folders or spam filters. If you continue to have problems, please contact to request this information again.

Your Health Science Center domain user ID and password are the same as your Health Science Center e-mail user ID and password. If you are not able to successfully sign in to the University Portal contact the IMS Help Desk at or 567-7777.

Immunization Form

The immunization record must be completed by your physician and submitted by July 17. You can e-mail this form at along with any supporting documentation. This must be submitted in a timely manner in order to remove the HOLD on your record and continue with your registration. For more information, click here.


A list of the apartments near the UTHSCSA, along with web information and comments by our graduate students, is provided. Any views or opinions presented in this document are solely those of the students and do not necessarily represent those of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A letter of salary support is available upon request.

Parking Permits and Student ID Badge

New students can purchase parking permits through the UT Police Department. For information on parking zones see the UTHSCSA campus map.

The cost for parking will be deducted from your monthly salary check. The cost for a student ID badge is $10. A photo ID (driver's license or passport) is required by UT Police when purchasing your parking and student ID badge.

Tuition and Fees

Up to date tuition and fees charges can be found here.

If a HOLD remains on a student account that prevents registration and payment of tuition and fees by 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, the student will be responsible for paying a $100 late fee.

Student Health Insurance Coverage

All UT Health students are required to have health insurance. Until you have either chosen to purchase the student option from the University or have proven that you have your own coverage either on your own, through a parent or spouse a hold will remain on your account. Once you have completed this form, the HOLD will be instantly released allowing you to complete registration.

The student health insurance option is available for purchase through the Office of Student Life. Corresponding fees for that coverage can be found on their website here

Student Employee Forms

For those students who are stipend eligible, there is an additional orientation process that must be completed before August 3. New Employee Forms can be found online and will be discussed during your orientation with the Office of Human Resources on the first day of orientation. Please note that on the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (EEVF), there is a list on page 5 of required documents to complete the form.

If you are currently a UT Health San Antonio employee, these forms are already on file with the Office of Human Resources; however, if you would like to continue coverage with BlueCross BlueShield or discuss other benefit options as you transition to a student employee classification, please make an appointment to speak to your HR benefits counselor.

Orientation Calendar

See the Orientation Calender for the Fall GSBS Student Orientation information.

International Students

Please contact the Office of International Services at regarding your offer and F-1 documentation. If you would like to contact the GSBS international club with any questions or if you need help, feel free to email Roma.

Salary Support

The Graduate Dean's Office will employ students in the IBMS program as Graduate Research Assistants and as such, students will receive an annual salary of $26,000. All new employee forms must be submitted and on file at the HR office by this time.

As a student employee of UT Health San Antonio and earning a salary, you will be paid on the 1st business day of each month. Students that are put on the payroll by August 1 will receive their first check on September 1.

Student Lounge and Lockers

The Graduate Student Lounge is located on the bottom floor of the library. If you do not have access to the lounge, please email Lockers are also available in many locations across main campus. Please fill out this form.  

Registration for Fall

The Graduate Dean's Office will email students in the IBMS instructions on how to register for the following courses 1) IBMS 5000 Fundamental in Biomedical Sciences, 2) IBMS 5008 Laboratory Rotations, and 3) ISD 5082 1.5 SCH Responsible Conduct of Research.

Each student is responsible for any HOLD status on the account that could delay registration and enrollment. This can be done by accessing the Stu dent Self-Service site.

IBMS Specific Orientation

See the Orientation Calender for the Fall GSBS Student Orientation information.

Lab Rotation Periods

Rotation 1: August 21 - September 29

Rotation 2: October 2 - November 3

Rotation 3: November 6 - December 15

IBMS Supervising Professor List

Please find a list of faculty accepting IBMS Graduate Students for rotations. TBA.

If your email or home address changed from the address provided on your application, send your updated contact information to to receive the most recent information regarding admissions and registration.

Additional Information

Webinar for New Student Information

University Catalog 2017-2018

Academic Calendar 2016-2017

Campus Maps

UTHSCSA New Student Pre-Registration Handbook

New Student Guidebook

Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Other Important Numbers

Counseling Services (210) 567-2648 / Fax 567-2689 / Room 101F MED

Registrar (210) 567-2621 / Fax 567-2685 / Room 317L MED

Student Health Center* (210) 567-9355 / Fax 567-5903 / Room 1.422 Nursing School

*Hours: Monday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student Life (210) 567-2654 / Fax 567-3415 / Room 314L MED

Recreational Sports: (210) 567-5220

Veteran Services & Financial Aid (210) 567-2635 / Fax 567-6643 / Room 318L MED


Email notification of upcoming deadlines will be sent to all Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) students. 

Armand J. Guarino Award for Academic Excellence 

Armand J. Guarino, Ph.D. was the founding Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences from 1972-1986. The Guarino Award is the highest student recognition given by the Graduate School. As such, it is a tribute to the outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research, the noteworthy leadership and the extensive involvement in service during their tenure as a graduate students.

Graduating doctoral and masters students nominated by Chair of COGS of each department

Must demonstrate academic excellence and submit transcripts,CV and letters of recommendation, reprints of published papers

Award Year and Amount:
Annually, $1,000 for M.S. and $1,500 for Ph.D.

Bennie Schreck Scholarship

All doctoral and master's students

Must demonstrate academic excellence by submitting transcripts, cover letter, and letters of recommendation from supervising professor

Award Year and Amount:
Every other year, $200-$500

The Council for Excellence in Women’s Health

The Council for Excellence in Women’s Health was formed in 2007. It’s mission is to improve the physical and mental health of women in San Antonio by building awareness of women’s health challenges, and to promote a greater understanding of and initiate philanthropic support for the Health Science Center’s women’s health programs and initiatives. The council membership, currently comprised of 86 influential women leaders who live and work throughout San Antonio and South Texas, continues to grow. 

All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences doctoral students conducting research related to women’s health and demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA application.

Must demonstrate academic excellence and cover letter, one-page letter of recommendation from the COGS chair, and one-page letter of recommendation from the supervising professor. 

Award Year and Amount: 
Annually, $2,000

Designated Tuition Scholarship

All doctoral or masters students who demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA application and are Texas residents.

Must demonstrate academic excellence and submit transcripts, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor, COGS chair and one additional faculty mentor

Award Year and Amount:
Annually, $1,000-$2,000

Greg Treibs Memorial Scholarship Fund

All GSBS doctoral or master's students with preference given to students from Gillespie County, TX and then students who attended Texas A&M University.

Must demonstrate academic excellence by submitting transcripts, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor

Award Year and Amount:
Every other year, $200-$500

Joe A. Bass Memorial Scholarship

First year Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) doctoral students who have completed the Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences course INTD 5000

Students who have earned a 90 average or above for each module of the INTD 5000 course; transcripts and letters of recommendation from the supervising professor will be required.

Award Year and Amount:
Annually, $400-$800

Phyllis & Neil Bowie Student Community Service Award

The award is named for E. Phyllis Bowie, Ph.D., and her husband, Neil. Dr. Bowie, associate professor of cellular and structural biology, retired in 2003 after 34 years on the HSC faculty.

Throughout her outstanding career, Dr. Bowie served as a mentor to many students and faculty members. Since 1993 she directed the Dental Gross Anatomy Course and co-directed the Dental Hygiene Structures of the Head and Neck Course. Dr. Bowie earned the admiration of her colleagues, students and community leaders. She received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award in 1995.


All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences third year or above doctoral students.

Must demonstrate community service through volunteer activities in S.A. and prepare a written description of community activities plus a transcript, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor.

Award Year and Amount:
Every other year, $200-$500

UTHSCSA Presidential Ambassador Scholarship

The Graduate School selects a student to receive a UTHSCSA Presidential Ambassador Scholarship. The student selected will be asked to fulfill the following requirements for one year.

1. Participate in distinguished events such as the Presidential Distinguished Lecture and Presidential Awards Ceremony, the annual visit by the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs for the UT System, the Health Science Center Gala and other events.

2. Assist in promoting their school in whatever ways deemed appropriate by the Dean.

3. Address the Development Board to give members an idea of the quality of students at the UTHSCSA.

4. Occasionally serve as a student representative at community events.

Each nominee must be a doctoral student who is in good academic standing, is able to speak to groups and will be available for one year to fulfill the obligations of the scholarship.   The student should be in their second or third year. This award is not based on need.  

Must demonstrate academic excellence and submit transcripts, cover letter, and letters of recommendation, reprints of published papers

Award Year and Amount:
Annually, $2,000

Jess Hay Chancellor's Fellowship

The Jess Hay Chancellor's Fellowship was established to tie graduate education to timely and high quality research benefiting the State of Texas. Jess Hay served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents from 1977-89 and was chairman from 1985-87.

All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences doctoral students conducting research and nominated by Chair of COGS of each department.

Must demonstrate academic excellence by submitting transcripts, CV and letters of recommendation from supervising professor.

Award Year and Amount:
Two annual $10,000 student research fellowships will rotate between select UT institutions as noted below:

GSBS Travel Award

The Graduate Dean has established a mechanism for supporting qualified doctoral and master's student's travel to national scientific meetings for the presentation of their research.


All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students enrolled full time in a doctoral or master's degree program who have completed their qualifying exam and have applied for candidacy.

Award Year and Amount:

Two students per cycle will be awarded up to $1,500.
For more details, see the attached documents and application.

Research Funding Database

Duke Research Funding Database

Open Education Database

STEM Scholarship Search

National Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities

South Texas Academic Rising Stars

Dissertation Fellowships

American Association of University Women

Predoctoral Fellowships

American Heart Association

FORD Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Harriett G. Jenkins

Howard Hughes Medical Institute/International Student Fellowships

National Science Foundation

Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)

UNCF MERK Science Initiative

Fellowships for Dual Degree Students

American Physician Scientist Association

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Other Resources

Government Grants

Foundation Center

Grant Forward

Minority Scholarships

Funding from Federal Agencies

Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Army Research Laboratory

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Department of Agriculture

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Justice

Environmental Protection Agency

Homeland Security University Programs

Office of Naval Research

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Education Association

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Institutes of Health

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Science Foundation

U.S. Geological Survey


Helpful Links: 

Academic Calendar
Course Listing/Class Schedule
GSBS Bylaws

Class Schedules: 

Spring 2018 Class Listing

Fall 2017 Class Listings

Spring 2017 Class Listing

Important Websites:

Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office


Browzine (Online Academic Journals)

Bursar’s Office

Campus Awareness Requires Everyone (CARE)

Environmental Health & Safety

Financial Aid

Handbook of Operating Procedures

Human Resources

Information Management Services

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR)


Office of International Services

Office of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

Postdoctoral Affairs Office (OPA)


Student Counseling Services

Student Health Center/Insurance

Student Life

Student Services

Travel Services Office

University Police


Doctor of Philosophy Forms

Master of Science Forms

Student Complaint Policy and Forms

IBMS Forms

M.D./Ph.D. Forms

Faculty Forms

For Graduation Information & Forms, visit:

For Registrar Forms, including course waiver information, visit:

Program Specific Forms:

*Note: New course proposals and modifications to existing courses are now available through CourseLeaf Curriculum Inventory Management.  This replaces the previous PDF/hard copy course forms. For access or more information contact Giovanna D'Ambra at

Additional Resources:


Course Listing/Class Schedule

Academic Calendar


As part of its academic assessment program, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) uses the Student Ratings of Instruction System offered by IDEA (Individual Development and Educational Assessment).

The Student Ratings of Instruction System is comprised of multiple tools. Those currently used by the GSBS include the Diagnostic Feedback survey and the Learning Outcomes survey.

The results of these surveys can be used for individual and program improvement, making decisions about curriculum, and as indirect measures of student learning. For more information about these assessment tools, the Student Ratings of Instruction, or IDEA, visit the IDEA website at

Important Links

IDEA Login

FAQs (faculty and administrators)

FAQs (students)

Training Links

Survey Forms

Instructions for Saving Reports

GSBS Guidelines for Course Evaluations

UT System Regents Rule – Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

IDEA and SACS requirements

Contact Kathy Paradise at or call (210) 567-3715.

Graduate Student Association

Graduate school can be tough, so we are here to make things a bit easier for you.

The GSA is a student-led organization with the sole purpose providing assistance for career development, organizing social events for the graduate student body, and addressing key issues that can have a direct effect on your life as a graduate student.

Please visit our new website, where you can find our meeting minutes, event details, and subscribe for email updates!


President – Jodie Gray

Vice-President –  Chris Kabat

Treasurer - Thu Duong 

Secretary – Laura Avena

Student Ambassador- Alex Kirkpatrick

Mikiten Research Symposium 

One event led by the Graduate Student Assocation is the Terry M. Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium. The forum organized by the Graduate Student Association promotes excellence in research through mentorship, collaboration, and student interaction.

The forum is made possible through the Dr. Terry Mikiten Endowment for Excellence in Graduate Education. As a tribute to Dr. Mikiten and his zeal for learning, his family, friends, and former colleagues established the endowment in 2008. The endowment helps foster an open discussion of intellectual pursuits in an inviting atmosphere.

In 2016, we hosted the first joint UT System Mikiten Graduate symposium with UTHSC-Houston, UT-Southwestern, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, UT-Arlington, UTSA, UTMB, UT-RGV, and UTHSC-Tyler. It also featured poster sessions, career workshops, networking, three minute thesis (3MT) presentations, and multiple winners for cash prizes. There was also a Q& A Session with Co-Founder and CEO of Rackspace Graham and Director of The Rivard Report's Robert Rivard.

This event is open to all biomedical disciplines. Here is a quick look at the 2016 program (including schedule of events and an event map).

Science Fiesta 

Science Fiesta is an event to showcase science in San Antonio. The idea for Science Fiesta was conceived by Travis Block, a graduate student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health Science Center San Antonio and was organized by graduate students from the Graduate Student Association. 

“We wanted a way to bring together the research community, policy-makers and the general public to celebrate science in San Antonio,” said Block, a Texan native and a biomedical engineering graduate student.

In addition to highlighting San Antonio growth as a national hotspot for bioscience research, Block’s vision for the festivities of Science Fiesta was to make science fun and accessible for all attendees. and innovation. Visit for more information.

Science Fiesta World Periodic Table of Elements

In the weeks leading up to Science Fiesta, the UT Health Science Center Graduate Student Association partnered with  118 local school classrooms to break the world record for the largest periodic table of elements! 

The  schools created 12 by 15 feet size tarps of all 118 periodic elements with the help of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy. The entire periodic table was more than 22,000 square feet in size. 

During the grand unveiling event on March 2, school groups, friends, and family members of participants watched as we combined all element squares at Gustafson football stadium to officially break the world record. 

Science Fiesta

Science Fiesta is an annual was a free, family-friendly event on March 5 at La Villita Historical Arts Village. The event featured a science fair with posters by San Antonio scientists, a panel on science policy, science-themed artwork and an interactive area for children. In addition, best-selling author and journalist, David Epstein delivered the keynote presentation and hosted a book signing. 

News articles about Science Fiesta 

San Antonio Express News To see the PDF version, click here.

Texas Public Radio

News articles about Science Fiesta World's Largest Periodic Table

KENS 5 &

News 4 San Antonio


Northside Independent School District

KENS 5 Video

Photos from Science Fiesta World Record Attempt

To see more photos from the World Periodic Attempt, see

Photos From Science Fiesta

Community Outreach

The mission of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement. Community engagement is very important to the graduate school and our students routinely participate in community service projects. To read more about our latest work, click here

Science Outreach

One of the ways that we help our community is by participating at local science festivals. Our students routinely serve as judges at The John Jay Science & Engineering Academy Science and Engineering Fair and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy fair. We also help volunteer at science nights through the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy or Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program such as when we went to the Robert L. Vale Middle School Science NightBooker T. Washington Elementary School or Cafe College.

Science outreach is a passion of ours and we are frequent participators of the Boys & Girls Club Fall STEM Day, Girls Inc. Science Festival, and Science Fiesta

Another way we contribute to the community is by visiting local schools or after-school programs such as the Five Palms Elementary SchoolSunshine Cottage SchoolBoys and Girls Clubhouse.

San Antonio Outreach

In addition to science outreach, we also participate in non-scientific outreach like when we volunteered and sorted boxes at the Food Bank, or when we helped to build homes with Habitat For Humanity, participated in game night at the Battered Women's Shelter. We also partnered with the American Heart Association for an event on campus where survivors were able to meet heart disease/stroke researchers. We have also participated in American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Pipette Kids Coloring Book

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Health Science Center San Antonio is excited to present the "Pipette Kids Science Coloring & Activity Book." 

The coloring book features illustrations from Angela Gao ( @bioforbreakfast), a biomedical scientist who enjoys drawing cartoons to inspire young students to look into STEM careers. To read more about Angela, click here

The coloring book features a 

- Brain Maze

- Color The Cell

- DNA Color-By-Numbers

- Connect The Dots

- Periodic Table Guessing Game

- Science Careers Crossword

- Biographies of Rachel Carson, Caroline Herschel, Rosalind Franklin, and Maria Merian

- Meet The Researchers featuring graduate students  Sabrina MartinezVinh DaoCalais PrincePhillip Webster, and Alison Clark

- Cut Out Scientist Dolls and Lab Safety Instructions 

If you would like a copy of the coloring book, please contact

See a preview:

GSBS Alumni Association

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni Association is setting up a local chapter of the GSBS Alumni Association. If you'd like to join, please email Charlotte Anthony (anthonyc@uthscsa) with your current mailing address, email, and phone number. 

Also, if you are still in San Antonio or in the Texas area, we invite you to consider joining our Career Advisory Council. The council is a great way for alumni to help mentor students who have questions about careers. Feel free to learn more here.


Alumni News

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Dr. Sweta Mishra, a graduate of the Cellular and Structural Biology program, was recently interviewed by the American Lung Association (ALA).


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Dr. Nicole Baganz, a graduate of the Neuroscience program, was featured by The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter and the Nashville Scene for her contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience.




Dr. Kaitlyn Lewis, a graduate of the Biology of Aging track, explains why she is passionate about aging research.


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Dr. Shivani Ruparel, a graduate of the Cellular and Structural Biology program, explains how she became an assistant professor in the Endodontics Department at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.




Dr. Gretchel Gealogo, a graduate of the Nursing Science program, was recently featured on the Reflections On Nursing Leadership website for her work with a patient with Alzheimer’s disease.




Dr. Sarah Wong, a graduate of the Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics discipline, explains how her involvement with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science inspired her to be a STEM leader of color.


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Dr. Dustin Green, a graduate of the Physiology track, will be working on pain research in Dr. Xinzhong Dong’s lab at Johns Hopkins University.


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Captain Elaine Por, a graduate of the Cancer Biology track, speaks about her career in the military and why it’s important for graduate students to learn about other career options.




Dr. Justin Long, a graduate of the UTHSCSA-UTSA Joint Biomedical Engineering Program, talks about his new position at the Medtronic Structured Heart Division in Ireland.

For more articles about our alumni, click here

Graduation Information

Process for your Ph.D. or M.S. Defense Date and Degree Approval at Graduate Faculty Council 

Scheduling your Final Defense and required forms

*Recommended Time: 3 weeks before defense*

To schedule your final defense for doctoral and master's submit:

1) Form 40 with original signatures. A faxed signature from the outside member will be accepted.
2) Submit 3 copies of abstract and Vita (stapled together) to the Graduate Dean’s Office

3) Upload a draft PDF version of your dissertation or thesis for formatting review into ProQuest

4) Reserve room with room scheduling

Submitting to ProQuest

The Proquest/UMI website provides publishing guides regarding your options for traditional publishing verses open access publishing and registering for copyrights . There are fees associated with some of these additional options. There is no fee for traditional publishing of theses and dissertations.

In the center box click on: Submit my Dissertation/thesis. The process is very straightforward. One important point to remember is when you are asked to type the title of your dissertation**Do not copy and paste, this must be typed out.

You are required to submit your dissertation/thesis to the publishing company ProQuest/UMI for electronic publishing/storage.

Steps to Degree Approval at Graduate Faculty Council

Submit the following items at least 5 days prior to the next GFC meeting which is scheduled on the second Friday of each month. If you have any questions, contact you COGS Assistant or Giovanna D'Ambra ( in the Graduate Dean’s Office.

i)  Form 41 (for MS) or Form 43 (for Ph.D.) with original signatures.

ii) Approval Page with original signatures by all faculty on Supervising Committee

iii) Final PDF of dissertation/thesis approved for formatting by Dr. Nicquet Blake.

iv) Confirmation that dissertation/thesis meets formatting requirements for ProQuest

Following Approval at Graduate Faculty Council

You will receive notification from your COGS Assistant if you received degree approval at the GFC. 


Click here for general instructions for electronic formatting of your dissertation/thesis.

Click here for a sample title page

Click here for sample table of content pages

Click here for a sample abstract page

*For BME students only, click here for templates for title & abstract pages.  

Binding of Dissertation

The binding form is required to be sent to the UT Health San Antonio library along with the number of copies you want bound. It is optional if you would like to print your dissertation on 20 percent cotton paper. If the department is going to pay for one or more bound copies, please obtain the required account information from your department administrator.

Note: The UT Health San Antonio Library will not make copies or print your dissertation/thesis.

Additional Graduation Forms for Ph.D. or M.S.

After the defense, please submit the following graduation forms to Giovanna D'Ambra in the Graduate Dean’s Office:

1.     Copyright Disclaimer

2.     Forwarding Address form

3.     Library Copyright Permission

Dissertation Workshops

Dissertation Workshop

Dissertation Rubric

Survey of Earned Doctorates

Survey of Earned Doctorates (for Ph.D. only)*

*Please complete the survey online. A copy of the certificate will be mailed to the GSBS office.

Graduation Timelines

GSBS Timeline June 2017

GSBS Timeline August 2017

GSBS Timeline December 2017

GSBS Timeline February 2018

GSBS Timeline May 2018

GSBS Timeline June 2018

May 18 Graduation Information and May 17 Rehearsal Information

Commencement exercises for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's Holly Auditorium. A reception immediately follows the commencement in the Holly Auditorium Foyer.

Please be aware of the following important details for those of you who plan to attend the commencement ceremony as well as the rehearsal and commencement dinner the day before:

- Rehearsal will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 in the Holly Auditorium. Please make every effort possible to attend with your hooding professor. Practice is expected to last one hour.

- Commencement Dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 on Long Campus in the Holly Auditorium Foyer. A separate invitation will be emailed to you in another week.

- All degree candidates will wear the traditional cap, gown and hood. Regalia orders will be ready for pick-up the week of May 1. Upon receipt, please check to make sure that your cap, gown, hood and tassel are all in the bag. If you did not pre-order regalia, please contact the bookstore ASAP about obtaining regalia from their bulk order.

- Please arrive and check in at the Academic Learning & Teaching Center (ALTC) no later than 3:00 p.m. on Graduation Day, May 18. Please look for Student Sign-In signs upon entry into the building and immediately notify us of your arrival. Academic Learning and Teaching Center Rooms 1.102, 1.105 & 1.107 will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. for robing. Although we discourage you from bringing along any valuables, a security guard will be on-site throughout the ceremony.

- A group photo of all graduates will be taken at 3:15 p.m. sharp on Friday, May 18 on the front steps between the Academic & Administration Building (AAB) and Medical School Building. Do not expect to be in the photo if you arrive late.

- Formation of the Line of March will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 in the courtyard breezeway.

Once you have processed into the Holly Auditorium, candidates and participating faculty members will be assigned seating in the front rows. Your guests may be seated in any of the seats behind these reserved rows. We ask that guests arrive and be seated no later than 3:50 p.m.

The Office of Student Life will provide a professional photographer during the commencement ceremony. Following the ceremony, visit Sam’s Studio online at and click on “Gallery” and then “Find your Photo” to locate the appropriate graduation ceremony and order pictures. It is also appropriate for guests to take photographs during the ceremony.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Nicquet Blake if you plan to graduate to discuss required forms and instructions.

Livestream Footage

Graduation 2017

Graduation 2016

Graduation 2015

Alumni Directory

We are so excited to announce that the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's alumni directory is complete. 

The project was in partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI) and took around 12 months to complete. 

The directory includes a brief history of the university along with a few updates on major projects and events at the graduate school including our annual Mikiten Graduate Student Research SymposiumScience Fiesta, and the World's Largest Periodic Table of Elements.

The alumni directory also includes an alphabetical, class, geographical, and specialty listing of graduating classes starting from 1971 to the most recent 2016 class.

The softbound copy or the USB copy is on sale for $99.95 and the USB by decade version (includes contacts from 5 years before and 5 years after graduation year), is on sale for $49.95. If you are interested in purchasing the directory, please contact the client services department at 800-982-1590.  

If you are interested in being part of a local San Antonio GSBS alumni association, please email Charlotte Anthony at

Ask the Dean

We are excited to launch the "Ask the GSBS Dean" Q&A column.

Dean Dr. David Weiss will periodically be answering these questions in the Pipette Gazette newsletter in addition to our Facebook and Twitter. If you have not yet subscribed to the newsletter, please subscribe here

Dr. Weiss is committed to creating an engaged community here at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Questions can range from general to specific questions about the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. These questions and answers will be used to strengthen the relationship between students and the school. 

If you are a current student, prospective student, or just someone interested in learning more, we would love to hear questions, comments, or well-wishes. The questions will remain anonymous. Send all your questions to