Biochemistry and Biophysics Graduate Programs Recruitment


This year's recruitment will be held on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18, 2021.  Due to the global pandemic, all events will be virtual and presented on Webex (two events organized by others will use Zoom.) Prior to recruitment, attendees can download the Webex application to their device using these Webex download instructions.  Attendees can join live from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device by clicking on the links below. 

Event times are Central Standard Time (CST). Some events will be recorded (events marked with an asterisk [*]) and then uploaded to this site for viewing by those who can't attend live.

Please email Connie Garnett (, Graduate Student Services Specialist, for more information.

Final Schedule

Wednesday, February 17

9:00 am Introduction to BBMB Department and Graduate Programs* (recording to be uploaded)
Presented by representatives of the Department and the Program.  This program was not recorded, but here are the meeting notes:
Introduction to Program Meeting Notes

10:00 am Poster Presentations* 
Presented by current graduate students: Recording 1 and Recording 2

12:00 n Graduate Learning Community Seminar*
Please join current students for a seminar by Dr. Sannie Culbertson, Alumni Guest Speaker. Sannie graduated with her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from ISU in 2018 and is currently an editor at Cell Press-- Trends in Biochemical Sciences. Current student Jacques Lowe, Host. Recording 1 and Recording 2

1:30 pm Molecular Biology Building and Facility Tour*
Presented by Lauren Kueffer and Jack Peterson, current graduate students. Recording

2:30 pm Information Session with current students facilitated by Lauren Kueffer and Jake Peterson.
Visit with current students to learn about the program and life as a graduate student

Thursday, February 18

9:00-11:00 am One-on-one appointments with faculty

12:00 noon Virtual Lunch with current students
Take a break and share lunch (or a snack) with current students

1:00-4:00 pm One-on-one appointments with faculty

3:00-5:00 pm (Optional) CALS Graduate Student Recruitment Webinar via Zoom* (Recording to be uploaded)
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Graduate Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) will hold a virtual event live from 3:00-5:00 pm CST that will include presentations from the Graduate College and a student panel.  CALS is one of two Colleges (the other is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - LAS) responsible for the administration of the BBMB Department, which administers the graduate programs in Biochemistry and Biophysics. The event will be held live so prospective students can ask questions or engage in the dialog and it will also be recorded, with a link posted here shortly after the event.

4:10 pm (Optional) BBMB Department Seminar: Dr. Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.
The BBMB Department holds weekly seminars with speakers from academia and industry on a variety of research topics during the fall and spring semesters, and you are invited to attend as our guest.  This week's research topic: It Takes Tau to Tangle: Functional Studies of a Dysfunctional Protein.

5:10 pm Wrap up Information Session with current students and program representative.
What other questions do you have?  We'll do our best to answer them during this session.

Information About Recruitment

If you were invited to the event by the Graduate Student Recruitment Committee, your application shows you have the background and experience for the greatest potential to succeed in our graduate programs.  An invitation is not an offer of admission to the program.  It is an opportunity for you to learn about our faculty, their research, the program, the students, and the rest of the department, and for everyone to learn more about you.

You are asked to provide a list of faculty of interest for a one-on-one appointment. The list should include those faculty whose research interests you.  We will arrange as many appointments with these faculty as possible, based on your and the faculty's schedules. Review the list of faculty and their research on the BBMB People webpage.  You will also be scheduled to meet with members of the Recruitment and Student Selection Committees.

These appointments are an interview for both you and the people you meet with.  The faculty will talk about their research projects and you are expected to interact with them and ask questions.  A review of the literature about their research, including their publications, would be useful in preparation for this meeting.  The Recruitment and Student Selection Committees will expect you to talk about your interest in graduate school and our programs.

Other events, including meetings with current students and information events, are an opportunity for you to learn more about life here as a graduate student.

Molecular Biology Building
Molecular Biology Building

History of the Molecular Biology Building Art

What BBMB Offers Graduate Students

Why Choose BBMB For Your Graduate Studies?

BBMB faculty understand the importance of research and academic mentoring and in preparing graduate students for further study or for a career following graduation. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their high-impact research contributions.  94% of ISU students report that they are treated with respect by faculty, as compared to 81% nationally.

BBMB has state-of-the-art instrumentation to facilitate research at the cutting edge of scientific inquiry and innovation, including a Cryo-EM Facility opened in the summer of 2020 that is housed in the Molecular Biology Building. Biotechnology Research Services Facilities

BBMB has a vibrant and diverse student community.  The BBMB student-led graduate learning community (GLC) hosts social events and career and professional development workshops and seminars for BBMB students.

In addition, the Graduate College Career Services office provides students with the resources needed for career preparation and placement. The Career Service offices of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)  (the colleges that jointly administer BBMB), publish an annual report on career outcomes for graduated students, and Biochemistry and Biophysics graduates consistently rank high in career placement.

Finally, most graduate students enter the program on a competitive research assistantship that provides financial support in the form of a stipend, tuition scholarship, and free single student health insurance.

World Class Research University

Iowa State University (ISU) is the nation's most student-centered public research university and is located in Ames, Iowa. The central campus includes 490 acres (2.0 km2) of trees, plants, and classically designed buildings. The landscape's most dominant feature is the 20-acre (81,000 m2) central lawn, which was listed as a "medallion site" by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999.  Take a Virtual Tour.

World Class Science

The Biochemistry and Biophysics graduate programs features a renowned faculty. Research is carried out in state-of-the art research facilities housed in the Molecular Biology Building our research laboratories are located.  The professors guide students as they learn to think critically and creatively about solutions to important and challenging scientific problems. Our department’s research groups are well-funded by Federal and State agencies and by industry, supporting our graduate students’ work on cutting-edge and impactful science. These research projects, as well as many interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, provide opportunities for graduate students to develop into world-class scientists.

World Class Job Placement

Graduates of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Graduate Programs are highly sought after and accept offers from all types of different companies and academic institutions like these, to name a few:

The National Institutes of Health Harvard Medical School Corteva Agriscience
The Mayo Clinic Columbia University 3M
University of California, San Franciso Cell Press Texas A&M

World Class Small City Living

Iowa State University is located in Ames, a city of about 50,000 people that has been ranked as a top place to live by, 24/7 Wall Street, and Best College Reviews. The University plays a central role in shaping our entertainment and cultural life. We have benefits that befit a much larger city, while retaining the ambience, low crime and modest cost of living of a smaller Midwestern town. 

Ames Main Street
Ames Downtown Main Street

Housing and transportation are easy in Ames. Most of our students live in private apartments, but University housing is also available. Two bedroom apartments are available for about $750 per month depending on their size and proximity to campus. While most of our students own cars, Ames is a bicycle friendly community and is proud to have an outstanding and free public transportation system. Ames Visitor's Guide