FAQs

What are the advantages of enrolling in IPiB?

IPiB is a phenomenal training environment for biochemists. Our highlights include:

  • A large number of faculty who serve as thesis advisors
  • A diverse array of research areas
  • A committee of faculty (our New Student Orientation Committee) responsible for coordinating your rotations
  • A Student Services Division who, with your major professor, will work to ensure that you receive the guidance and information you need during your career here
  • Being a member of a cutting edge research program with a family-type environment

What are the requirements to be a part of IPiB?

View the IPiB Program requirements under Program Guidelines.

How do I select a minor?

Minor courses are designed to provide educational breadth. Minor requirements can be satisfied by completing 10 credits within a single department or distributed among several departments. Please see our program curriculum for further information.

How do rotations work?

Our NSOC (New Student Orientation Committee) oversees the rotation process and offers guidance throughout the rotation period. Students rotate through 3 labs during their first semester; each rotation period is approximately 4-5 weeks. The laboratory assignments are based on student preference with the goal of providing each student with his/her first choice. The final lab preferences are based on both student and professor input, with the majority of our students receiving their first choice. Those who wish to undertake a summer rotation must first contact the New Student Orientation Committee (NSOC) by no later than May 15 to obtain a list of faculty who are willing to support a student during the summer session.

How many courses will I be expected to teach as a graduate assistant?

Graduate students are required to assist in teaching 2 semesters of lecture or laboratory courses as part of their graduate school training. This is usually done in the second and third years of study.

How long will it take to earn my PhD?

Our students earn their degree in 5-6 years.

What kind of financial assistance is available?

All students, both US and international, receive an annual stipend and tuition remission for the duration of their studies, provided satisfactory progress is made toward their degree. Comprehensive medical coverage is also offered. In addition, some of our students are supported on fellowships or training grants. Students are chosen based on criteria specified by the different training grants. These students are currently supported by seven different NIH training grants. Our students also receive support from the National Science Foundation.