Students in the IPiB program begin laboratory rotations during the first semester with a goal of selecting a laboratory in which to conduct Ph.D. thesis research. Our New Student Orientation Committee (NSOC) oversees the rotation process and offers guidance throughout the rotation period. Students rotate through 3 labs during their first semester with each rotation period lasting approximately 4-5 weeks. The laboratory assignments are based on student preference with the goal of providing each student with his/her first choice. Final lab preferences are based on both student and professor input, with the majority of our students receiving their first choice. By the second semester, most students have begun their thesis research. All degree requirements and expectations are the same for all IPiB students, regardless of their departmental affiliation.
All IPiB students must meet curriculum requirements for graduation.
See the Student Schedule for the coursework of an IPiB student’s first two years.
Students must participate in 2 semesters of teaching in a laboratory or lecture course, usually by the second and third years of graduate school. This requirement acquaints graduate students with education methods and provides important teaching experiences.
During the second semester, students assemble their faculty thesis committees and meet to determine overall curriculum. In consultation with their major professor, students select faculty members they would like to have serve on their committee. The first graduate committee is convened prior to the start of the second year to consult on coursework and discuss the student’s research program. Annual progress meetings are held until the time of the Ph.D. thesis defense.
Students complete the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester of their second year. The student prepares a written research proposal modeled after an NIH grant application. Successful defense of the proposal advances the student to dissertator status.
Successful completion of a research program culminates in the written and oral presentation of the work and its defense to the thesis committee. Students generally reach this final stage in 5-6 years.
Minor courses are designed to provide educational breadth. Minor requirements can be satisfied by either Option A or Option B.