The Ph.D. in the MCB program requires successful completion of a minimum of 30-credit hour courses, a qualifying exam and thesis research. The maximal length of study in this Ph.D. program is seven years.
|Molecular and Cell Biology||4|
|Note: with B.S. degree only: 42 credits|
|1st Semester||2nd Semester||Summer|
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|3rd yr – Graduation|
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New students who have previously completed graduate school coursework with a grade of 70 or higher at other domestic or international colleges and universities within five years of admission, students can request to have these credit transferred with Curriculum and Degree Committee if any of the following condition is met:
1. course with identical titles and contents (transcript required)
2. course with similar titles and contents (transcript, the course outline, syllabus and textbook used need to be provided to get approval by Curriculum and Degree Committee and the corresponding course instructor)
2.3. If necessary, take the oral or written exam in time.
We have three required courses: Molecular and Cell Biology,Seminar, and Thesis Research and many elective courses for you to choose. In addition, students can take any courses offered by other programs in TIGP and by NDMC. more about courses
A minimum of two-year thesis research is required. Twelve credits will be granted to the student upon completion of the thesis defense.
Students may rotate through several labs with the goal of finding a lab to conduct their thesis research. The duration of each lab rotation is upon mutual agreement between the student and the advisor, but shall not exceed 4 months. A maximum of 2 credits will be granted, even if students take more than 2 lab rotations. Students are highly recommended to decide on the thesis research lab by the end of the first summer. Studentship will be terminated if a student cannot find a thesis research lab before applying for qualifying exam. See the guideline
The thesis advisor will organize the thesis committee within one month after the student chooses the lab. Each committee should consist of at least 3 members, including the advisor. The thesis committee shall meet at least once a year for the progress report of the student. The committee evaluates the progress and advises on current research problems and the future direction of the project.
Students must give an annual progress report to the thesis committee. The first report is a thesis proposal and should be given by the end of the third semester. Thereafter, the progress report should be given once a year by the end of each fall semester. Students should prepare a written proposal or progress report according to the format given by the MCB office, and submit it to the thesis committee and MCB office 1 week before the committee meeting.
Annual Progress Report
I. The first progress report is combined with seminar course.
The 2nd year students should coordinate the schedule for progress report and notify the thesis committee members to attend his/her progress report.
1. Progress report process
(1) presentation in public
(2) question and discussion
(3) thesis committee session only
A. Format: total page do not exceed 15 pages (single space)
(a) title page
(b) introduction (2-5 pages)
(c) results and discussion
(d) future work
B. Hand in the proposal to the thesis committee and MCB Office one week before presentation.
II. The following annual progress reports
1. Progress Report should be given by the end of each Fall semester.
2. A written progress report of the same format as proposal is required, and should be submitted to the thesis committee and MCB Office one week before presentation.
Starting from 2008, students are required to complete the annual progress report in a timely manner in order to graduate.
Qualifying exam (QE) will be held from June to August every year. Students should take the QE before the start of the third academic year. Students who pass the Molecular and Cell Biology course are eligible to apply for taking QE. Student shall submit an application form and a one-page non-thesis research proposal that contains Abstract and Specific Aims to the Curriculum and Degree Committee during April 15th - 30th. The topic shall not be related to your master and PhD thesis, or to your advisor’s research. The topic can be in the field of student’s thesis research. The application deadline is April 30th.
The Curriculum and Degree Committee will appoint a non-thesis proposal evaluation committee to evaluate each proposal and appoint QE committee for each student according to the subject of the proposal. The QE committee consists of 5 members, excluding the student’s thesis advisor.
The date of QE exam will be announced before June 1st. Student shall turn in the complete non-thesis proposal to the MCB office no less than two weeks before the exam date. Qualifying Exam Form
The format of non-thesis proposal:
Students will conduct an oral presentation and defend their proposal in front of the QE committee. It requires at least four QE committee members’ approval to pass the exam. In case of failing the exam, students can retake the exam after 3 to 6 months.
In order to earn a Ph.D. in TIGP-MCB, the candidate must successfully complete/meet the following criteria within seven(7) years.
Studentship will be terminated under any of the following conditions:
Contact the TIGP-MCB Office if the resources above do not address your questions.