An additional requirement for the BIMS MS Non-Thesis degree program is a capstone experience that is documented in a professional portfolio.
VIBS 650: Education in a Veterinary Medical and Biomedical Environment is a required course for all BIMS MS Non-Thesis students. A requirement of VIBS 650 is to begin a professional portfolio that is intended to serve as a blueprint for success in the program. Subsequently, under the direction of the student’s faculty mentor, this portfolio will be further refined into a document showcasing the accomplishments and personal and professional growth of the student in preparation for further professional education.
At the core of this capstone experience is one-on-one guidance by the student’s faculty mentor to identify and remedy weaknesses in the student’s biomedical preparation. In addition to successful completion of coursework in fundamental biomedical sciences, the student will be coached by the mentor to improve their competitiveness for both admission* and success in their chosen professional program. Common areas of focus include experiential learning (such as professional shadowing, internships, and directed studies), the identification and grooming of professional references, and strategic preparation for standardized tests. This individualized capstone experience will culminate in a professional portfolio.