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2020 Annual Report

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This is the 2020 Annual Report for Van Andel Institute.

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Graduate School highlights Graduate student statistics GRADUATE SCHOOL Graduate School student earns prestigious award In September 2020, Graduate School alumna Dr. Maggie Chassé earned a prestigious early career award from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. This marks the second consecutive year that a VAI Graduate School student received the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award, also known as the F99/K00. Fewer than 24 of the F99/K00 are distributed each year. “It is an honor to receive this award, which will be a tremendous help as I complete my studies with the Graduate School and transition to a professional setting,” Chassé said. “I am grateful to the National Cancer Institute for supporting the work of students and early career scientists like me.” The award provides up to two years of financial support for Ph.D. candidates to complete their dissertation research, and up to four years of support for postdoctoral training. Dr. Chassé completed her Ph.D. degree at VAI in spring 2021. 9 9 Research reported in this publication is supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award no. F99CA253749. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Graduate School prepares for growth, moves to new space With big plans for the future, VAI Graduate School Dean Dr. Steven J. Triezenberg is looking to double the number of graduate students in the coming years. In the spring of 2021, the Graduate School will move to a dynamic new facility on VAI’s campus that includes dedicated classroom and study spaces, social areas, faculty and staff offices, and more. Applications are at record levels, and the Institute is drawing diverse cohorts of students from around the country and world. MAGGIE CHASSÉ Applicant Pool Academic Year 2018 2019 2020 Applicants 59 68 82 Admits 12 20 25 Admit Rate 20% 29% 30% 22 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 2020

RESEARCH Fall 2020 Cohort 6 Domestic 1 International Primarily research By Career Type (current position, numbers current as of Sept. 1, 2020) 62% Science-related 19% In 2020, the Graduate School received an impressive 110 student applications for the upcoming academic year — a more than 50% increase from 2018 application numbers. The year also saw seven new students join the Graduate School, and five students completed their degrees. Number of Graduate School student applications, by year: 2020 — 110 2019 — 82 2018 — 68 Primarily teaching 14% Further training or 5% education 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 By Job Sector (current position, numbers current as of Sept. 1, 2020) Nonprofit 29% 5.5 Median years to Ph.D. For-Profit 19% 70% Completion rate for Ph.D. 76% Completion rate for M.S. and Ph.D. Academia 52% 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 2020 | 23

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