Prospective Students

The Biophysics Graduate Degree Program is an interdepartmental program administered by the Institute of Molecular Virology and supervised by the Biophysics Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is made up of the Biophysics Chair (Baron Chanda), program staff, faculty, and students.  The committee advises the chair on matters of program policy, planning and coordination of activities. Major responsibilities of the Steering Committee include admissions decisions, trainee selections, new trainer selections, advising students, and serving on thesis committees. See the contacts section of this handbook for a list of Steering Committee members.  

The Biophysics Graduate Degree program consists of over 50 faculty members that span multiple departments and colleges across UW-Madison.  The interdisciplinary nature of Biophysics generates interaction among traditional areas of science and allows students to choose a Thesis Advisor from a wide range of areas. In addition, state-of-the-art facilities are available within the Biophysics Program for research in topics such as x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic-resonance spectroscopy, electron resonance spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging, and computational chemistry.

On average, the Biophysics PhD degree requires five to six years to complete. Students are admitted into the Biophysics program as a Research Assistant unless they have received a fellowship or training grant. Students are not admitted into the program in order to pursue a terminal master's degree. The Biophysics degree is intended for those who wish to earn a PhD through emphasizing physical principles and methods in solving biological problems.