Office of Biomedical Graduate Research, Education & Training (BGREAT)

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The BGREAT office serves as a resource for students seeking to enter doctoral training in the basic sciences. We encourage students at all stages in their undergraduate training to contact the program director, Jon Gottesman, to ask questions and receive mentoring on becoming a graduate student and careers in science.

Affiliated programs

We coordinate and host recruiting and retention activities for graduate students in seven Ph.D. programs:

We also conduct outreach to students considering graduate training via visits to campus and national undergraduate research conferences. If you're going to be in the Twin Cities area, please contact us to schedule a meeting and tour of your programs of interest.

Learn why students choose our biomedical graduate programs

Contact us

The BGREAT office is located within and is supported by the Medical School.

Office email: bgreat@umn.edu

Address: 
742 Mayo Building
Mail Code 8293A
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Office staff

Yoji Shimizu, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education, Medical School
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program


Jon Gottesman, PhD
BGREAT Office Director

Genne Fritts
Program Associate

Evelyn Juliussen 
Program Coordinator, Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs