McNair Scholar Sylvia Kennerly Accepted to University of Kansas Medical Center Interdisciplinary Graduate Program PhD in Biomedical Sciences

Congratulations to McNair Scholar Sylvia Kennerly, who has been accepted to the University of Kansas Medical Center Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS), with full funding. IGPBS is a PhD first-year program allowing students to complete core curriculum before determining their PhD program through faculty mentor alignment.

IGPBS' interdisciplinary nature is clearly demonstrated by eclectic program inclusions:

New students seeking a graduate research discipline in one of the seven Basic Science Departments (Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology & Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology and Pharmacology/Toxicology) and the Neuroscience Graduate Program first enter into the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS).

Sylvia Kennerly is an aspiring researcher Graduating this Spring 2024 with a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Eastern Washington University. Sylvia engaged in a research project with Dr. Burgis in winter quarter of 2023 exploring the expression of variant ITPase on human neuron cells. For her 2023 summer research internship, she worked with mentor Dr. Jason Ashley investigating specific pathways affecting osteoclasts. As a student with strong interest in pursuing a career in biochemistry, Sylvia has set her sights on earning a PhD in biochemistry. Through further research and laboratory experience, she hopes to make a positive impact towards human health and disease research. Sylvia’s unwavering commitment to scientific inquiry and her determination to grow and learn new fields makes her a promising scholar we know will be a powerful addition to any graduate program.