The 11-student inaugural class of the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Science received their Masters degrees in a ceremony Friday.
Marlo Thomas, the daughter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital founder Danny Thomas, delivered the commencement address.
Since arriving in 2017, the students have been working towards Ph.D. degrees in bioscience fields through a curriculum that includes close working relationships with St. Jude clinical and research faculty members.
Earning the master of science degrees are the next step towards their ultimate goal.
Alex hughes graduate
“They’ve been super receptive to getting our feedback, so it’s been nice to really establish what we want the program to look like and then going forth it’s going to be tough leaving a place like St. Jude, but we have to get out there and set the precedent as to what this institution can do in forms of making graduate students. So, I’m excited to see what these next steps look like in Memphis and beyond,” said Alex Hughes, graduate of the program.
St. Jude says it started the program to train students with skills that can directly impact the hospital after graduation.