Advanced degrees in the biology of aging
The Buck provides several avenues to further your education in geroscience.
A unique and welcoming environment
The Buck Institute provides a unique and welcoming environment for current or prospective graduate students who want to pursue studies focused on the aging process or age-related diseases. Our collaborative research approach provides rich opportunities to interact and learn from scientists in various disciplines. PhD students sponsored by their home country or a degree-granting organization can complete their doctoral studies under the mentorship and supervision of one of our faculty. Three programs also operate in close association with the Buck Institute and allow students to perform full-time research in Buck’s laboratories and take courses taught by Buck faculty.
The Biology of Aging Doctoral Program at the University of Southern California is the nation’s first graduate program focused on studying the aging process. The program offers students the choice of performing research and taking courses either at the Buck Institute or at USC. The two-year Biological Sciences Master’s program with Dominican University of California also provides students with the opportunity to perform research projects in Buck Institute laboratories. In addition, the Buck Institute collaborates with Touro University, to host master’s students who are completing Touro’s 10-month Medical Health Sciences program. These programs provide students with full-time research experience and teach them the necessary skills to continue their careers in scientific fields.
PhD Program in the Biology of Aging
Graduate Student Society
All graduate students who perform their research at the Buck Institute automatically become members of the Buck’s Graduate Student Society (GSS). This student-run organization provides a platform for students to develop additional plans for their career and social growth while also working closely with the Buck administration and faculty to improve the overall experience for all graduate students at the Buck. The GSS meets monthly to discuss advocacy for student life at the Buck, schedule career development seminars, organize social gatherings, and discuss ways to improve students’ overall educational experience.
The GSS also hosts the annual Buck Student Aging Symposium, an all-day internal conference which provides students an opportunity to present their research to the Buck community.