Ph.D. Degree Requirements

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Year 1: BIMS

Immediately preceding the first year of study, students typically enroll for Summer Session and complete a summer rotation between July 1 and August 15. During the first year of study, all Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) students are required to enroll in the Core Course in Integrative Biosciences (BIMS 6000), complete three lab rotations and an approved program of advanced course modules. The advanced course of study varies considerably among students, as it is based on the particular research interest of individual students.  All BIMS students select the dissertation lab and PhD course of study in February of the first year.

Summer
BIMS 8995: Topical Research (Rotation 1: July 1 - August 15)

Fall
BIMS 6000: Core Course in Integrative Bioscience (Fall semester)
BIMS 8995: Topical Research (Rotation 2: November - December)

Spring Transition to Cell Biology PhD in February
BIMS 7100 - Research Ethics (required)
BIMS 8995 - Topical Research (Rotation 3: January - February)
CELL 8101 - Introduction to Animal Development (required)
CELL 8301 - Advanced Topics in Cell Biology (required)
2 Elective Modules (to match scientific direction):
BIMS, BIOL, BIOC, BIOP, MICR, NESC, PATH, or PHAR advanced (5000+) courses or modules that match the student’s research interests in specific biomedical sciences areas.

 

Year 2 - Cell Biology PhD training

In the Spring semester of the second year, students who have elected to matriculate in the Cell Biology PhD program are required to write a dissertation research proposal and then successfully defend it as an oral illustrated (PPT) presentation, as qualification to advance to candidacy.

Fall
CELL 8450 - Effective science writing for grants and fellowships (required)

Recommended elective modules
CELL 8201 - Molecular Mechanisms of Animal Development (Fall)
CELL 8202 - Cellular Mechanisms of Animal Development (Fall)
CELL 8401 - The Essentials of Translational Science (Spring)
MICR 8380 - Practical Use of Statistics in Biomedical Research (requirment of training grant appts)
Alternative options:
BIMS, BIOL, BIOC, BIOP, MICR, NESC, PATH, or PHAR advanced (5000+) courses or modules that match the student’s research interests in specific biomedical sciences areas.

 

Year 3 to final semester - Cell Biology PhD training

Required
Successful progression of dissertation research
Annual committee meetings
Publish at least one 1st author paper

Recommended
Present at national and international meetings/conferences as advised by mentor

Optional
Audit or co-teach (with mentor or other faculty member(s)):
BIMS, BIOL, BIOC, BIOP, MICR, NESC, PATH, or PHAR advanced (5000+) courses or modules that match the student’s research interests in specific biomedical sciences areas.

 

Final Semester (Graduation)

Required
Apply for Graduation
Private Dissertation Defense
Public Dissertation Seminar