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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 81.8k / Year
  • Deadline:
  • 1 December 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 554pts.
  • Duration:
  • 5 years

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    The graduate program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution is an intimate and diverse graduate group emphasizing six main areas of inquiry. These include: 

    • Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
    • Biology of Species
      Interactions
    • Disease Ecology
    • Ecological and Evolutionary Modeling
    • Genetics of Complex Traits
    • Population and Comparative Genomics

    The size of our program provides unmatched opportunity for students to have personal interactions and attention from the faculty. Students and faculty enjoy sharing ideas and interests during our weekly PBEE seminar series as well as during our monthly faculty/ student lunch forum and our monthly journal club. The seminar series, primarily organized by the graduate students, provides the opportunity to invite eminent scholars from around the world to meet and speak with faculty and students on questions related to PBEE. The seminar also provides a unique venue for graduate students to present their ongoing research in a friendly environment in which they can improve their presentation skills while obtaining important feedback and ideas from colleagues. The journal club allows students and faculty to discuss timely papers in an informal setting while the lunchtime forum is structured around two faculty member presentations on a unified theme intended to explore more deeply common research themes through extended discussion among faculty and students.

    Graduate students are able to help shape the direction of the graduate program and its policies through representation on the executive committee, seminar committee and recruiting committee. Current students play an integral role in the process of admitting new students through their efforts in organizing, hosting and interacting with prospective students during our spring recruitment weekend. Service on a program committee is a valuable opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills.

    Core Courses

    The following tables shows a typical schedule for students in the PBEE Program.

    Course ID Course Title Credits
     
    Semester 1 - Fall
     
    IBS 594

    IBS 595
    Evolutionary Biology (offered fall of even years)
    or
    Ecology (offered fall of odd years)
    4
    BIOS 506 Biostatistical Methods I 4
    IBS 796r Advanced Topics in PBEE (as needed)* 2
    PBEE 790r Advanced Graduate Seminar 1
    PBEE 597r Laboratory Rotations 3+
         
    Semester 2 - Spring
     
    IBS 592


    IBS 593
    Quantitative Methods (offered spring of even years)
    or
    Population & Quantitative Genetics (offered spring of odd years)
    4
    BIOS 507 Applied Linear Models 4
    IBS 796r Advanced Topics in PBEE (as needed)* 2
    PBEE 790r Advanced Graduate Seminar 1
    PBEE 597r Laboratory Rotations 3+
         
    Semester 3 - Fall
     
    IBS 594

    IBS 595
    Evolutionary Biology (offered fall of even years)
    or
    Ecology (offered fall of odd years)
    4
    IBS 796r Advanced Topics in PBEE (as needed)* 2
    PBEE 790r Advanced Graduate Seminar 1
    IBS 699r Advanced Graduate Research 1-9
         
    Semester 4 - Spring
     
    IBS 592


    IBS 593
    Quantitative Methods (offered spring of even years)
    or
    Population & Quantitative Genetics (offered spring of odd years)
    4
    IBS 796r Advanced Topics in PBEE (as needed)* 2
    PBEE 790r Advanced Graduate Seminar 1
    PBEE 799r Advanced Graduate Research 1-9


    *Students must enroll and successfully complete, in a single semester, one Advanced Topics course (IBS 796R) prior to advancing to candidacy. These are typically 2-credit classes.

    In addition to the core courses and the seminars, each PBEE student will be expected to take additional courses as electives, available at Emory (or other universities and institutes). The specific courses taken and the number of these elective courses will be specifically tailored to the student's interests and needs. Decisions about electives will be made by the student in consultation with their temporary advisor or their mentor and dissertation committee. The following are some examples of electives taken by PBEE students.

    Elective Courses

    IBS 503 Systems Neuroscience
    IBS 513 Virology
    IBS 591 Population Biology and Evolution of Disease
    IBS 712 Neural Correlates of Behavior
    IBS 727 Genetics of Bacterial Pathogenicity
    IBS 745 Infection and Immunity
    IBS 746 Graduate Human Genetics
    ANTH 503 Evolutionary Processes
    EPI 505 Basic Elements of Modern Epidemiology
    IBS 553 (PSYC 551) Psychobiology Proseminar II: Biol. Bases of Bhav.


    Students whose research involves mathematical modeling or statistics may take additional elective courses in the Department of Mathematics, Department of Computer Science, and Department of Biostatistics. The nature and number of these electives will, of course, depend on the student's mathematical, computer and statistical background. Potential courses of these types include:

    BIOS 510 Probability Theory I
    BIOS 511 Statistical Inference I
    MATH 515 Numerical Analysis I
    MATH 516 Numerical Analysis II
    MATH 555 Ordinary Differential Equation I
    MATH 755 Ordinary Differential Equation II
    MATH 756 Partial Differential Equation II


    There are several other disciplines in which students may want to take additional courses. These include:

    Environmental & Health Sciences
    IBS 740 Molecular Toxicology
    EOH 500 Perspectives in Environ Health
    EOH 530 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
    EOH 537 Methods in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
    EOH 540 Environ & Occupational Hazards I
    EOH 541 Environ & Occupational Hazards II
    EOH 546 (IH 580) Environmental Microbiology
    EOH 583 Spatial Analysis in Disease Ecolog

    Nutritional Epidemiology & Surveillance

    IBS 591 Population Biol & Evol Disease
    BIOS 500 Statistical Methods I (+ Lab)
    BIOS 501 Statistical Methods II (+ Lab)
    BIOS 503 Intro to Biostatistics
    BIOS 520 Clinical Trials Methodology
    EPI 504 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
    EPI 505 Basic Elements of Modern Epi
    EPI 533 Programming in SAS
    EPI 537 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    EPI 538 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
    EPI 552 Genetic Epidemiology
    EPI 739 Advanced Epidemiology Methods
    EPI 740 Epidemiologic Modeling
    EPI 743 Epidemiology of Cancer
    EPI 744 Pediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume/CV
    • A copy of a transcript for each university you have attended. This transcript must be issued by the Registrar’s Office (a copy issued to the student is fine) and cannot be printed from the University’s web site. Each transcript must be uploaded during the application process. Scan the transcript at high resolution and make sure each can be read before uploading it. Each individual university transcript must be uploaded as one file and not page by page.
    • Official transcripts are not required and will not be used in the review process. If you are offered admission and accept the offer you are then required to submit an official sealed transcript from each university you have attended. We ask that you not send us any material in the mail unless asked to do so.
    • The general test of the GRE is required; please indicate your registration number and scores in the application if the exam has been taken before you submit the application. The subject test is not required, but there is space to list your scores if you have taken the exam. Applicants must also contact ETS and request that they send official GRE scores to institution code 5187. As long as you have self-reported your scores please do not contact us to verify that we have received your official scores from ETS, as the application can be reviewed with the self-reported scores.
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if your native language is not English. Applicants must also contact ETS and request that they send official TOEFL scores to institution code 5187. As long as you have self-reported your scores please do not contact us to verify that we have received your official scores from ETS, as the application can be reviewed with the self-reported scores.
    • Some programs may have an additional requirement or recommendation for applicants, so you should review the admissions page for the program you are applying to.

    Scholarships

    All students admitted to the GDBBS receive a support package that includes:

    • Stipend Support: $29,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The stipends of students who are successful in applying for individual fellowships covering at least 75% of their stipend receive a $2,000 supplement to their stipend for the length of the award. Click here for details on financial support (a PDF with stipend rates is on the right in the More Information section, under "Stipends").
    • Transition Award: $500 for the 2016-2017 academic year. A one-time transition award is provided to all new students for their first semester. The award is posted to their student account and can be used to pay school fees to help minimize what new students have to pay when they first arrive on campus.
    • Tuition Scholarship: $52,100 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The tuition scholarship covers 100% of the cost of tuition. Students are responsible for paying their student fees (about $300 per semester) unless otherwise covered by a fellowship. Click here for details on tuition and fees (a PDF with tuition and fees is on the right in the More Information section, under "Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships").
    • Health Insurance Subsidy: $3,030 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The health insurance subsidy covers 100% of the cost of the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan. Click here for details on the health insurance plan.

    Emory Competitive Fellowships

    Emory offers several fellowships to outstanding applicants each year. The Programs nominate applicants for these fellowships. There are no additional forms for the applicant to complete, but all application material must arrive by the deadline date.

    • The George W. Woodruff Fellowship (Woodruff) is the most prestigious fellowship offered by the Laney Graduate School and is awarded to exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. The fellowship covers all tuition and fees and provides a $5,000 supplement to the standard GDBBS stipend for the five year length of the award.
    • The Laney Graduate School Fellowship (LGSF) is offered by the Laney Graduate School in conjunction with the GDBBS Programs. The fellowship provides a $2,500 supplement to the standard GDBBS stipend for five years. All interviewed applicants are eligible for the award.
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