Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry Graduate Program: Ph.D. Degree
Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the Degree
- Grade point average of greater than or equal to 3.0, maintained throughout their graduate career
- No more than two failing grades should be obtained (lower than a B-)
- Submission each year of an annual report to the Graduate Program Administrator, signed by the student’s advisor.
By the end of the first year:
- Completion of at least 3 rotations through MCBB research laboratories
- Matching to the faculty member with whom he/she will perform thesis research
By the end of the second year:
- Completion of all core course requirements
- Completion of most, if not all, elective courses
- Successful completion of the preliminary examination
By the end of the third year:
- Successful completion of the oral qualifying examination.
Annually after the second year:
- Presentation of research in the Friday noon Graduate Student Seminar series
- At least one meeting with thesis advisory committee
Within the final year prior to finishing the Ph.D. degree:
- Submission of prospectus describing the proposed thesis (~9 months prior to defense)
- Defense of the thesis, including both a public seminar presentation and a private defense with the thesis defense committee of the research
- Submission of the approved final thesis to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
All students are expected to complete the Ph.D. thesis within 7 years, or less, of matriculation into the program (exceptions require a petition to GRS).