The GSBS "50 For 50" Initiative!

What Is The "GSBS 50 for 50" Initiative?

The “GSBS 50 for 50” is an alumni-led initiative to raise $500,000 in graduate program specific support to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the GSBS in 2019. Ideally, the initiative will result in the establishment of a graduate program specific endowment for every graduate training program in the GSBS.

Why Give?

Alumni, faculty, and staff can give to their specific graduate programs. The funds generated by the graduate program specific endowments will be spent to advance each individual program, as determined by the graduate program director, in conjunction with graduate faculty.

A Lot to Be Proud of...

  • UTMB hosts a Clinical Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) in the Institute for Translational Sciences.
  • We are leaders in biocontainment research with globally leading research on the Zika and Ebola viruses. Tom Geisbert, PhD, was one recipient of the Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year honor.
  • One of world’s largest university-based vaccine development centers; named a WHO Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases. UTMB is only the second university in the Western Hemisphere and the seventh in the world with this designation from the WHO.
  • UTMB continues to be recognized nationally in research endeavors. Significant areas of research include:
  • Developing a universal flu vaccine and vaccines for emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika.
  • Creating laboratory-grown human lungs with techniques that will advance regenerative medicine.
  • Advancing the understanding and potential new treatments for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.
  • The GSBS has 326 students (12.5% international) pursuing degrees in 14 graduate programs
  • Total research awards top $131M, up $6M from 2016; four departments are in the top 25% of medical schools nationally; Microbiology & Immunology is ranked third and has been in the top six since 2010.
  • Home to the Galveston National Lab, the only functioning BSL 4 lab on an academic campus in the US.

How It All Works...

  1. When the first graduate program specific gift is received, the Endowment Coordinator will establish a gift accumulator for the program specific endowment. All subsequent gifts will be added to the accumulator.
  2. Once the accumulator reaches the $10,000 threshold, the graduate program director will begin working with the Development Office on the Endowment Agreement form.
  3. Once the graduate program director and UT System agree on the language in the Endowment Agreement, the graduate program director will sign the Endowment Agreement.
  4. The endowment becomes active and will generate interest with the first funds available for distribution in 12 months.

Questions or to Give...

Rena Lidstone
Sr. Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
Office: (409) 772-5714

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GSBS Mission

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) advances human understanding and knowledge through scholarly teaching and research in the biomedical sciences, promoting excellence in academic pursuits and activities, and developing individual leadership, communication, motivation, and scholarship in all students.

Gift Levels

(Gift totals below have been processed through February 15, 2021)

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Goal: $50,000

Molecular Biophysics Educational Track
Goal: $50,000

Cell Biology
Goal: $50,000

Experimental Pathology
Goal: $50,000

Human Pathophysiology & Translational Medicine
Goal: $50,000

Bioethics & Health Humanities
Goal: $50,000

Microbiology & Immunology
Goal: $50,000

Goal: $50,000

Goal: $50,000

Pharmacology & Toxicology
Goal: $50,000

Population Health Sciences, Clinical Science, and Rehabilitation Sciences
Goal: $50,000