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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

Mentoring in the Special Master's Program

Since we maintain a small class size, we are able to provide significant attention to each of our students. Each student is paired with both a faulty mentor, who also serves as an advisor for their Capstone Project, and an alumni mentor who is currently attending the College of Medicine. Having both a faculty and alumni mentor available gives the student a place to turn for any concerns they may have during the very busy academic year.

Alumni-Student Mentoring 

Once our class is finalized, we pair current College of Medicine students who have graduated our MS in Physiology program with incoming MS students. Our goal is to ensure that each student is able to address any questions they may have about anything on their mind, from school issues to social issues and anything in-between. Alumni mentors are a "safe" resource in that students can turn to, in the sense that they do not report to faculty or have any influence on grading or coursework. They can also help to find shadowing, volunteering, tutoring, and academic enrichment opportunities. 

Faculty-Student Mentoring

All primary faculty and secondary faculty of the Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology at the College of Medicine participate in our master's program through teaching and/or mentoring. The Research Experience mentor is selected by the student early in the program, and this faculty member works individually with the student to guide development of understanding related to an ongoing project in a faculty laboratory or in the literature. It is recommended that you get to know the faculty early so that you can choose a mentor who fits both your personality and research interests. These faculty members will be available for advising, mentoring, and writing letters of recommendations for students in, or graduates of, the program when requested.

For more information or questions regarding faculty-student mentoring, please contact our capstone course director, Dr. Roger Worrell.

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Program Leadership

Bryan Mackenzie, PhD Email
Academic Director

Emma C Jones, BA Email
Educational Specialist

Katie Hobbing, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Admissions | Professional Development)

Roger T Worrell, PhD Email
Associate Director
(Capstone | Faculty Mentoring)