The Masters of Laboratory Investigation (MLI) program is a three to five-year program offered by the School of Medicine for Vanderbilt staff who have a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5, have at least twelve months of residency in a research lab at Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), and who are nominated by the faculty mentor in whose lab they work with a strong letter of support. The mission of the Master of Laboratory Investigation program is to enhance the academic, scientific, and technical expertise of research personnel who will continue to work in an academic research environment; to foster their professional growth; and to improve the career potentials of our brightest and most qualified young researchers who may not wish or are uncertain about pursuing a Ph.D. By offering students graduate courses, hands-on technique modules, and opportunities for independent research, the program curriculum aims to advance the research goals of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center research communities.