In the first semester, all IBS graduate students are required to take three courses to satisfy a common core requirement:
BHSI 8920L 3 hrs. Research Techniques in Biomedical Sciences
BHSI 8030 1 hr. Overview of Biomedical Research
GENE 8650 1 hr. Responsible Science
Because students will be physically based in laboratories that are located on different parts of the campus, it is important to have several activities that will facilitate the exchange of ideas across disciplines and foster camaraderie between students. Such activities will include attendance atResearch Seminar in Biomedical Sciences at which students present their findings to peers and faculty. Students will also be required to attend a Journal Club where they will discuss influential new publications of interest to a broad audience.
All students will be strongly encouraged to participate in laboratory rotations through at least three different faculty research programs in their first year before selecting a doctoral mentor(s). Students are also required to take core electives from the list of approved courses for their track (e.g., Cancer Biology or Disease Ecology). All core requirements must be completed within the first two years of enrollment (within four semesters excluding summers).
In addition to the core requirements, students are required to take four hours of courses that teach scientific communication skills from a list of approved courses before their oral examination.
Additional electives are taken to meet all graduate school requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including 16 hours of 8000/9000 level course work (exclusive of doctoral research, independent study courses and dissertation writing) and a minimum 30 hours of course work overall (including at least 3 hrs. of dissertation writing).
The student must form a four-member Dissertation Advisory Committee by the end of the fourth semester in the program, in consultation with a faculty mentor(s) in whose group(s) the student’s research will be performed. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the IBS, at least two members of the committee must be from different colleges and represent distinct disciplines. The Dissertation Advisory Committee will work in conjunction with the student to design a program of study. The Committee could recommend that a student take courses that are not listed in this document.