The future is here: Welcome Graduate Studies students

October 28, 2014


Welcome Back BBQ

The OHSU School of Medicine is pleased to welcome 330 new Graduate Studies students to the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Chosen out of 2,050 total applicants to the Ph.D., master's, Physician Assistant (PA) and certificate programs in the School of Medicine, 53 percent of the students are from Oregon, and 5 percent are from outside the U.S.  Ten percent are underrepresented minorities, and 61 percent are women. In 2014, 22 percent of applications were to Ph.D. programs (450), 68 percent to master's including PA (1,402) and 10 percent to the certificate programs (198).

In 2014, 450 applications were submitted to the Ph.D. programs, resulting in 40 admissions. With an additional 5 M.D./Ph.D. students beginning the Ph.D. track of their education, there are now 45 doctoral students matriculating into 12 programs.

With an acceptance rate of 22 percent and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.59, the School of Medicine’s doctoral programs continue to attract outstanding students. The average age for the incoming Ph.D. candidates is 27, and 55 percent are women. Twenty-three percent of the incoming Ph.D. cohort is from Oregon, with 15 percent coming from outside the US.

In 2014, the number of applicants to the PA program increased to 1,213, of which 140 were interviewed and 42 were admitted as new students, up from 38 in 2013.

Welcome Back BBQ"Each of our graduate students represents the best and brightest in their respective fields. We are thrilled to welcome these newest members into our community. We look forward to their successes and to the incredible curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm they bring to the School of Medicine,” said Allison Fryer, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate studies, OHSU School of Medicine. “As we travel with them in their journey, our faculty is eager to support, guide and learn alongside these students as they enter into our professions and become our colleagues."

To celebrate the start of the school year, the Office of Student Affairs, Graduate Student Organization, All-Hill Student Council and Alumni Association hosted the annual Welcome Barbeque on Friday, Oct. 3. In the research courtyard, new and returning students from across the university, families and alumni as well as faculty and staff got to know each other while enjoying delicious food and beverages under rain-free and sunny skies.

Check out photos from the barbecue posted on the School of Medicine's Facebook page.


Pictured above right: Mahsa Yarmohammadi, Meysam Asgari and Alireza Bayestehtashk from the Ph.D. program in Computer Science & Engineering.

Pictured above left: Tyler Risom from the Ph.D. program in Cancer Biology.