Graduate Student Spotlights
Our program offers students an excellent education towards the Ph.D. in Biochemistry.
Benefits of our program
- Beginning September 2018, a stipend of $30,000 per year, plus tuition and health insurance
- flexible degree plan options
- highly diverse research programs, excellent faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities
- close cooperation between research groups in a collegial atmosphere
- Highly active Graduate Student Organization (BGA)
Typically, it takes 5-6 years to complete the PhD program. Over those years, you will experience both the structure of a formal classroom setting and the freedom of conducting your own research. Our goal is for you to experience rigorous training in Biochemistry that is tailored for for your growth as an independent scientist.
Detailed information about our curriculum can be found in the current Graduate Student Handbook.
Pathway to degree
- Formal coursework: Required core curriculum courses
- Laboratory rotations: Three 5 week rotations in prospective laboratories (optional 4th)
- Select research laboratory, begin research, and form PhD advisory committee
- First annual committee meeting and Preliminary Prelimn (PreP)
- Conduct research
- Complete 6 hr elective credit (usually Spring/Fall, 2nd yr)
- Teach 1-2 semesters (usually Spring/Fall, 2nd yr)
- Participate in a weekly Journal Club
- Annual committee meetings
- Prepare a written Research Proposal complete Preliminary Examination (Fall semester, 3rd yr)
- Give a 20 min research talk to the Department (Spring semester, 3rd yr)
- Complete PhD dissertation research
- Final Examination and PhD defense