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Major Milestones of Graduate Studies


The Graduate School becomes the Graduate College by action of the State Legislature and supervises all graduate work at the University of Nebraska (NU) and at the College of Medicine in Omaha. 


The “Organization of the Graduate College” governing document is approved by the graduate faculty. It remains unchanged until 1968. 


Howard C. Spencer, AB, MsC, PhD, is awarded the first PhD from the College of Medicine. It was in biochemistry. 


The Graduate College at UNMC is established. 


The Eppley Institute is formed within the College of Medicine.  


Norman Cromwell, PhD, is named executive dean for graduate studies and research at UNMC. 


The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska (UNL and UNMC) and the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska at Omaha merge to form one University-wide Graduate College with one graduate faculty.  


H. W. McFadden, Jr., MD, is named interim associate dean for graduate studies at UNMC. 


The Eppley Institute becomes an independent research institute by an act of the Nebraska Legislature. 


NU President Ronald Roskens, PhD, presents the “Report on the Administration of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska” to the Board of Regents recommending the executive vice president for academic affairs also serve as the dean of the graduate college. 


Kenneth L. Barker, PhD, is named dean for graduate studies and research. 


Paul J. Gardner, PhD, is named interim dean for graduate studies and research. 


William O. Berndt, PhD, is named dean of graduate studies and research.  


William O. Berndt, PhD, is elevated to vice chancellor of academic affairs and dean for graduate studies and research.  

Paul J. Gardner, PhD, is named executive associate dean. 


UNMC’s oldest graduate student training grant, the National Cancer Institute Pre- and Postdoctoral Cancer T32 Training Grant, is established. 


David A. Crouse, PhD, is named executive associate dean for graduate studies. 


The MD-PhD Scholars Program is established. 


Tom Rosenquist, PhD, is named by Chancellor Harold Maurer, MD, as the first vice chancellor for research at UNMC.   


Rubens Pamies, MD, is appointed vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies.  

The Asia Pacific Rim Development Program is launched as a partnership between UNMC and Chinese institutions.  


UNMC opens the Office of Postdoctoral Education. 


The Graduate Student Association holds its first meeting. 

H. Dele Davies, MD, MS, MHCM, is named vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. 


The first Graduate Studies matriculation ceremony is held.  


The first Graduate Studies Honors convocation ceremony is held.  

Seguidor, the first unified UNMC Graduate Studies information system for tracking progress and supporting graduate students towards their degrees, is officially launched.  


The Professional Development Lunch and Learn series is launched for UNMC graduate students to hone their professional or “transferable” skills.  

The UNMC Postdoctoral Education program is launched in partnership with Metropolitan Community College (MCC) to provide teaching and mentoring opportunities for UNMC postdocs and research opportunities to MCC students.  

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences expanding the scope of six UNMC basic science PhD and training programs under one umbrella.  

The Graduate Studies Alumni Chapter is launched. 


The first UNMC Graduate Studies External Advisory Board is established. 


The Medical Sciences Interdisciplinary Area (MSIA) Program is formed by reorganizing 21 academic units and their sub-plans into six interdisciplinary-themed areas that enable students to pursue individually designed programs.  

The new position of assistant dean for graduate studies focused on assessment is established.  This coincides with an initiative to provide a robust and methodical process for assessment across all programs and for evaluating the competency of learners.   


The second UNMC NIH funded T32 training grant for the Neuroimmunology of Disease Training Program is awarded to create scientists equally proficient in both neuroscience and immunology.  

The Graduate Studies Assessment Initiative is launched to ensure that graduate students meet certain universal core and co-curricular competencies while training at UNMC. 


A new Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s Program is launched jointly with UNO as part of MSIA. The Health Practice and Medical Education Research Doctoral Program launched under the MSIA umbrella. 


H. Dele Davies, MD, MS, MHCM, is named to the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools.  


The third UNMC NIH-funded T32 Grant for a Training Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Drug Discovery is received.