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Information for Students Considering Graduate School

The research training opportunities in the Department of Biological Sciences are diverse and span the range of biological disciplines from ecosystem biology through structural studies of biomolecules.

To train students in these varied disciplines, we offer PhD tracks in Ecology & Evolution and a combined curriculum in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology and Neurobiology (MCDBN).  These tracks emphasize original research and prepare students for careers in academic, professional, governmental, and industrial settings.

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Students interested in the Ecology & Evolution track are accepted with a faculty member’s support and commitment to serve as a thesis advisor. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the ongoing research in the Ecology and Evolution Research Group and contact those faculty members that might serve as potential advisors.

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Students interested in the MCDBN track are accepted into a common program and identify a thesis advisor after doing three short research rotation projects in laboratories in the Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology and Neurobiology Research Groups.


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To receive full consideration, applications must be received by December 1st.

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