A typical year in the Genetics Program

A typical first year of graduate school in the Genetics Program:

Research rotations:

  • 12-week research rotations in the laboratories of 3 Genetics Program Faculty.
  • Students present a short oral presentation on one of their laboratory rotations to their classmates and research advisors.
  • Students choose their laboratory, in consultation with the program, and begin their thesis research at the end of their third rotation.

Classes:

  • Fall
    • Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems (GABS)
    • Fundamentals series (Gene Expression, Protein Regulation, Cell Processes)
  • Spring
    • Evolution or Genes and Development or Human Molecular Genetics
    • Electives
    • Special Topics in Genetics (2 semester hrs required prior to comps)

Seminars:

  • Numerous departmental seminars

Other:

  • Principles of Scholarly Integrity

A typical second year of graduate school in the Genetics Program:

Research:

  • Thesis research
  • Students, with their research advisors assistance, pick a comprehensive and thesis committee. The committee is composed of:
    • Four genetics faculty member
    • One faculty member outside of the genetics program (tenured or tenure-track faculty)
    • Their research advisor (not present for the comprehensive exam)
    • Students present their thesis research at their first thesis committee meeting
    • COMPS! (see below)

Classes:

  • Fall
    • Electives
    • Seminar courses
  • Spring
    • Electives
    • Special Topics in Genetics

Seminars:

  • Special Topics in Genetics Seminar Series
  • Numerous departmental seminars

Other:

  • Principles of Scholarly Integrity

Comprehensive exam – There are two parts to the comprehensive exam. The first is to prepare and present a research proposal based on the student’s thesis project. The second is writing two off-topic abstracts, where one is chosen by the student’s committee to be written in full and presented during their oral comprehensive exam.

 

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