Guidelines for Qualifying Exam for Department of Pathology.
In consultation with your mentor, a dissertation committee of 4-5 faculty members,
selected according to the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease (MCBD) guidelines,
should be assembled during the second year. For the exam, and subsequent meetings, one
member should be chosen to serve as chairperson at your proposal defense, and to be the
primary liaison between you and your committee. Your mentor, while being present, will
not provide assistance during the defense. A list of MCBD faculty members can be
obtained from Dr Isa Hussaini.
The proposal should be prepared and successfully defended before September 15th at
the beginning of the third year in order to remain in good standing as a Ph.D. candidate.
Bear in mind that the committee may require revisions to the proposal and even a
representation of the defense.
The Qualifying Exam consists of the construction of a NIH-style grant application based
on the students chosen thesis project. Specific details are described below. After the
proposal has been reviewed by the committee, the student will perform an oral
presentation of the proposal, which will be followed by questioning by the committee.