MCDB training at-a-glance

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Yearly Overview

Expected type of coursework, research, seminars, and professional development activities over the years for students
  Course Work Research Seminars Professional Development
Year 1 Core Courses Lab Rotations Attend and Present:
  • Weekly Seminar Course (Years 1-3)
  • Molecular Life Sciences Seminar Series
  • Departmental Seminars
Mentoring & Ethics
Year 2
  • Electives
  • Candidacy Exam
Thesis Research
  • Career & Professional Seminars
  • IGP Symposium
  • Oral & Poster Presentations at National Conferences
  • Grad Student Organization
  • Mentoring & Outreach Opportunities
Year 3 N/A
Year 4
Year 5 Defend Thesis & Graduate

Course Breakdown

How courses are split-up over a students academic career
  Core Seminar Research Professional Development
Year 1
  • Macromolecules (Fall)
  • Molecular Biology (Fall)
  • Cell Biology (Spring)
  • Developmental Biology (Spring)
  • Elective 1 (Spring)
  • Student Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • Molecular Life Sciences Faculty Seminar (Fall, Spring)
Lab Rotations (Fall, Spring) Mentoring & Ethics (Fall)
Year 2 Electives 2 & 3 (Fall, Spring) Thesis Research (Fall, Spring, Summer) Great Writing (Fall)
Year 3 N/A N/A
Years 4 & 5 N/A