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Program Timeline

This is a typical plan; individual student degree plans may vary.


 Program Requirements



Choosing a research adviser and a dissertation research project are some of the most significant decisions you will make in graduate school. First year lab rotations provide students the opportunity to explore different research interests and lab management styles prior to the selection of a Ph.D. supervisor. Students will have the opportunity to complete three rotations within the first academic year, with an optional early rotation during the summer.  You may do first year research rotations with any faculty member on the Microbiology, Biochemistry or Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Studies Committees.

To help make an informed decision about your lab rotations:

  • Attend seminars by faculty members.
  • Meet individually with faculty members.
  • Consult with other graduate students.
  • Complete at least three research rotations during the first year.

Rotation Schedule for 2019-2020 fiscal year

  • Early Rotation: June 3, 2019 - August 23, 2019
  • First Rotation: September 6, 2019 - November 8, 2019
  • Second Rotation: November 11, 2019 - February 3, 2020
  • Third Rotation: February 3, 2020 - April 24, 2020

Students join the laboratory of a Ph.D. mentor after rotations (typically by May 10). From that point forward, the emphasis of the student’s training is on laboratory research rather than formal course work.

Program Handbook

The 2020-21 Microbiology Graduate Program Student Handbook is available here.

The handbook is the primary source for detailed information about program requirements, policies, and procedures. Students should read the handbook annually in order to familiarize themselves with important information related to their enrollment in the doctoral program.