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Information for new PhD students

Typical First Semester Registration

Normal load is 6 credits with an assistantship

MCB 5899-001 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)- This is a seminar series given by graduate students to learn the art of presenting seminars and to hear what other students are doing in the lab. Cell Biology students are required to present once each year.

MCB 5899-002 Introduction to Faculty Research (1 credit)- Presentations by MCB faculty members who have openings in their labs about their research projects.

MCB 6000 Rotations in MCB Laboratories (1 credit)

MCB 5217 Biosynthesis of Nucleic Acids and Proteins (3 credits)OR MCB 5896 Methods in Cell Biology (3 credits)

Fill in the schedule with other seminar courses (5099, 5683, 5699) or courses that are of interest for you. Remember that seminar/journal club courses can be taken multiple times since topics change from year to year. Find out what the topic is for this semester from the instructor.

Typical Second Semester Registration

Typical Second Semester Registration

MCB 5899-001 Graduate Seminar (1 credit)

MCB 5280 Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits, required)

MCB 5200 Cell Biology of the Mammalian Secretory Apparatus (3 credits, required)


Critical First Year Activities

Rotate through 3 labs

Pick a lab for thesis work

Form an Advisory Committee

File a Plan of Study before completing 12 credits of coursework (Graduate School Requirement)