Timeline Overview

YEAR 1

  • Biophysics Graduate Program Orientation (week before Labor Day)
    • submit benefits forms, sign up for classes, arrange lab rotations
  • Complete 3 lab rotations
  • Choose a thesis advisor and start working in their lab by the end of the fall semester
  • Attend an ethics seminar in April
  • Form a thesis committee and hold an introductory meeting by the end of August

YEAR 2

  • Register for classes and complete required coursework
  • Attend an ethics seminar in April
  • Submit a completed Curriculum Certification form to the Biophysics Office by the end of May
  • Complete your Written Preliminary Exam by the end of August

YEAR 3

  • Register for and complete any additional classes 
  • Complete your Oral Preliminary Exam by the end of December
  • Attend an ethics seminar in April
  • Schedule and complete a Progress Report Meeting by the end of August
    • Submit Progress Report Form to the Biophysics Office

YEAR 4 & 5

  • Attend an ethics seminar in April
  • Schedule and complete a Progress Report Meeting by the end of August
    • Submit Progress Report Form to the Biophysics Office

FINAL YEAR

  • Write and defend thesis
    • Notify the Biophysics Office of date, time, room location and title of defense 4 weeks in advance
  • Submit necessary paperwork to the Graduate School and celebrate your graduation!