Summary: Statement of Mutual Expectations between Biochemistry and its Graduate Students
Graduate students in the Biochemistry doctoral program are expected to develop a
mastery of their field, and gain familiarity with their discipline from arrival to graduation
through active participation in research, seminars, and presentation at professional
meetings. Students should make the transition from classroom learning to active
supervised full-time original research during the first two years of their graduate career.
In particular, doctoral students in Biochemistry who arrive with a baccalaureate degree
* Choose a thesis adviser by December of the first year.
* Become engaged in research in January of the first year.
* Secure advancement to candidacy within 2 years.
* Submit a minimum of one paper for publication prior to graduation.
* Complete all requirements and graduate within 5-6 years.
Graduate students in the Biochemistry doctoral programs normally may expect:
* A wide selection of courses.
* Advice and mentoring by program faculty prior to the selection of an adviser.
* From their adviser (or, in some instances the program):
o Regular access and advice during the research and thesis writing process.
o Training in the preparation of oral and written scholarly presentations; in
particular, advice and support for the writing of at least one paper for publication.