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Graduate Education

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The Office of Graduate Education oversees and coordinates all policies relating to graduate education at the UC College of Medicine.

The associate dean for graduate education, Iain Cartwright, PhD, receives advice from a Committee on Graduate Education, consisting of representatives of all the PhD and master’s programs and a student representative, which meets monthly to discuss issues of concern to students and formulate policy recommendations.  

The office also provides resources and administrative support for the Health Sciences Graduate Student Association (HSGA).  


How We Can Help YOU

The Office of Graduate Education helps resolve student problems with registration, grades, payment, travel reimbursements or health coverage, and mediates disputes between students and their advisors, course professors, graduate programs or University administration. The office oversees the selection of nominees for awards such as the Ryan Fellowships or Lindau Meeting.  

Research Opportunities

The annual Graduate Student Research Forum, which showcases student research and provides students with an opportunity to present and discuss their work with faculty judges, is sponsored and organized by the office.

In addition, the office coordinates several research opportunities for undergraduates, including the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, and the year-round Honors Research Program and McNair/STARS research program, and arranges for and helps train graduate student mentors for some of these programs.


The office serves as the major arm for centralized graduate student recruitment, especially recruitment of underrepresented minorities and underserved populations, through participation in regional and national graduate fairs and research convocations, visits to colleges and many other outreach activities, such as the annual Biomedical Research Day, which showcases UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s graduate programs and training opportunities.

In addition, the office assists graduate programs with their own recruitment activities, through preparation of recruitment materials, analysis of recruitment and admissions data and assistance with fellowship and Diversity Supplement applications.



 Iain Cartwright, PhD
Iain Cartwright, PhD

Associate Dean and Director

Responsibilities: Central Administration of Research and Graduate Education in the College of Medicine.


 Carolyn Price, PhD

Carolyn Price, PhD

Responsibilities: Central Administration of Research and Graduate Education in the College of Medicine.

Cindy Bachurski, PhD

Responsibilities: Central Administration of Research and Graduate Education in the College of Medicine including:
student recruiting and outreach, liaison with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Minority recruiting.

Mary Jo Petersman
Mary Jo Petersman
Program Director

Responsibilities: Graduate admissions and student retention; College contact for graduate program faculty, students and staff; Liaison with West Campus offices; College representative and primary contact for e-Curriculum and course revisions and various committees; contact for College of Medicine graduate students.

Matthew Schauseil
Matthew Schauseil
Assistant Director of Academics

Responsibilities: Internet technology development in the College of Medicine, including: database design/development, summer application development & administration, Graduate Student Research Forum, and other online application resources.

Andrea Herman
Program Manager 

Responsibilities: Managing the fiscal operations for the Office of Graduate Education, monitoring of expenditures, arranging travel for recruitment activities, fiscal oversight and responsibility for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.  Order food and supplies for specialized events.  





Graduate student Kelly Collins (left) and David Plas, PhD

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