The research paradigm exemplified by the Human Genome Project requires an academic training paradigm that creates team-oriented researchers who may be specialists in one area but who are literate in several other disciplines. For example, researchers with expertise in the mathematical, statistical, or computer sciences also require sufficient knowledge in biology to understand the questions in order to develop appropriate analytical methods and computer tools. Similarly, life scientists need sufficient grounding in mathematics, statistics and computer science to be educated users of these quantitative methods and tools, and to conceptualize new tools. Research and training environments that produce such a combination of skills are not commonly found in academia. Our program is designed to provide that training environment in genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology.
This program will allow Ph.D. students to conduct original research in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. This training will enable graduates of the program to pursue careers in academia, government, or the private sector. This will be achieved through a combination of discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary course work, as well as a multidisciplinary research environment maintained by program faculty and distinguished by a high level of collaboration between disciplines.
The scientific and training focus of the program is on three interdependent areas which have emerged as significant in the post-genomic era: experimental approaches and technologies for addressing complex biological questions, methods for collection, management and analysis of large biological data sets, and data-based modeling of biological systems.
GBCB is a Ph.D. program only, it does not offer a Master's degree. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 90 total credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. Additionally, a dissertation must be written and defended before a 4-person committee. The Ph.D. plan of study is due by the end of the fourth semester of study.
The distribution of the 90 required hours can be:
For the purposes of this program and to insure that students have some breadth of exposure, four specialty tracks are defined: LIFE SCIENCES, COMPUTER SCIENCE, STATISTICS, and MATHEMATICS
A student will select one of the specialty tracks as his/her primary track, which will typically be consistent with the student's undergraduate training. The other tracks will be denoted the secondary tracks for that student. Requirements will differ among the specialty tracks, with some tracks requiring more coursework, with correspondingly fewer credit hours of Research and Dissertation.
In addition, a core curriculum that is common to all students has been defined:
A sample plan of study will include the following:
The preliminary exam, oral and written, is conducted by the student's advisory committee. During the period of time between the end of the third year and end of the fourth year of study, each student must prepare a dissertation research plan and give an oral defense of that plan and the scientific foundations on which it is based. The dissertation research plan is expected to be a refinement of the initial research plan presented presented by the student to his committee at the end of the second year. The proposal is to be prepared in an NIH-style format and should provide a clearly defined description of the research the student plans to complete in order to fulfill the research requirement of the Ph.D. The oral defense of the plan will include questions both directly related to the proposal as well as more general questions that examine the student's knowledge of fundamental principles.
The student may be tested on any aspect of his proposal, the philosophy of science, and research methodology. It is recommended that the student meet with his/her advisory committee prior to preparing for the exam to discuss the nature of the exam and evaluation procedures.
The final exam, oral and written, is primarily a defense of the dissertation, but other areas of science may be included.
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.