Office of Biomedical Graduate Research, Education & Training (BGREAT)

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The BGREAT office and the Office of Professional Development serve as resources for current and prospective graduate students in the biomedical sciences. We encourage students at all stages of their training to contact us to ask questions about the University of Minnesota, our graduate programs and our student services.

BGREAT supports graduate student academic and personal success with resources to foster their retention and graduation.

Office Hours will be held via Zoom. Come talk with the Dean about anything.

Congratulations to all our graduates from fall 2019 through spring 2021!

While we could not be together in person to celebrate your achievements, we recognize and are so proud of all you have accomplished.

Please see the attached program for messages from the College of Biological Sciences and Medical School deans, conferral of degrees from UMN Board of Regents chair Ken Powell, and a list of graduates.


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Current Graduate Students

BGREAT services for graduate students:

Prospective Graduate Students

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach provides services for undergraduate and postbaccalaureate scholars interested in pursuing graduate training:

Contact us

The BGREAT office serves the Associate Dean for Graduate Education (ADGE) of the Medical School.

Office email:


742 Mayo Building
Mail Code 8293A
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Office staff

Danielle Watt, PhD
Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach
Adminstrative Director, LSSURP

Sharolyn Kawakami-Schulz, PhD
Director, Office of Professional Development

Jenna Hicks, PhD
Program Manager, Office of Professional Development

Program Coordinator, LSSURP 

Genne Fritts
BGREAT Office Associate