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Biophysics Requirements

Pre-candidacy doctoral students are permitted five years from the time of first enrollment to achieve Ph.D. candidacy. Doctoral candidates are permitted four years from the time of advancement to candidacy in which to complete all degree requirements. All Biophysics students must comply with the following requirements for Ph.D. candidacy.

1. Passing the Qualifying Examination at the Ph.D. Level: The details on the qualifying exam can be found on Biophysics Policies.

2. Two Semesters of Biophysics Seminar (BIPH698L): It is expected that students will routinely attend weekly seminars.

3. Research Rotations (two semesters of BIPH699): Students are expected to complete 3 rotations during their first academic year. Students will begin research rotations their first semester of study. All students must produce a small presentation at the end rotation. Each rotation must be approved by the program director. A student may opt-out of their 3rd rotation and continue working in their 2nd rotation or return to their 1st rotation placement, only with approval by both the 1)Biophysics Program Director 2) Lab PI If a student completes two rotations in the same lab during the Spring Semester, it is expected that there has been a commitment made to support the student during the summer. Feel free to explore the Biophysics faculty and their current research.

4. Advance to Candidacy: The student completes the preliminary stage of his/her research and by the end of the fifth semester students must present a research proposal. The research proposal is a scholarly paper that demonstrates the ability of the candidate to analyze the topic/subject of his/her research, present preliminary data and a realistic plan for the project. We do not stipulate the volume or specific format, but the written proposal must have elements of a typical grant application: background and significance, problem statement, aims, preliminary data and research plan. The written proposal is sent to a committee of 3-4 faculty a week before oral presentation. A formal presentation related to the research proposal must also be completed. Further information on Advancement to candidacy.

5. Advancement to Candidacy cannot be less than six months prior to the students Ph.D. defense.

6. 12 Credits of BIPH 899(Doctoral Dissertation Research).