CLIMB Information for Faculty

The CLIMB-HI Program (Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences) is a professional development program for PhD students, and is primarily funded through the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). CLIMB Scholars will participate in the program until they graduate as the program provides guidance through each milestone towards a PhD, although the time commitment will diminish after their second year.

The goals of the CLIMB-HI Program are to:

  1. Ensure students’ academic success as they transition to new expectations in graduate school.
  2. Increase the productivity and professional savvy of our graduate students and ensure the timely completion of their Ph.D. by providing attentive mentoring and professional development training throughout their graduate careers.
  3. Prepare students for competitive postdoctoral and faculty positions by encouraging them to apply for fellowships, training grants, and NRSA’s, and by providing them with the opportunity to present their research at local, regional, and national meetings.
  4. Create a more diverse and inclusive community at UB.

CLIMB Scholars:

Students in the program come from the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences; the Departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Oral Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychology; and the Graduate Division at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The programming provided by our program is supplemental to what students will learn in their graduate coursework and they must meet the requirements of The CLIMB Program along with the requirements of their respective graduate program.

Some of the resources and requirements for CLIMB Scholars include:

  1. A Peer Mentor to help them transition into life as a graduate student.
  2. A Student Advisory Group will guide them through their graduate school career and help them to customize their curriculum.
  3. Study Groups and Facilitators will prepare them for success in their core courses each semester.
  4. The Professional Development Catalyst Series (PDCS) will introduce them to the essential skills necessary for a successful professional research scientist in the fall semester of their first year.
  5. The peer-facilitated Research Communications Workshops during the academic year, giving them the opportunity to practice the tools they acquire in the PDCS.

All CLIMB activities are directed to helping students succeed, so we appreciate your cooperation and support. Please direct questions regarding the CLIMB Program to the CLIMB Program Coordinator, Graham Pumphrey at, or Dr. Dubocovich at