Program Details

The PMB Program trains Ph.D. students to have a strong background in modern biology, as well as research training specific to higher plants and photosynthetic microorganisms.  Formal coursework, teaching assistantship, and qualifying exam are usually satisfied in the first two years.  Research training is accomplished by a combination of research rotations in the first year followed by a thesis research project.  Seminars and journal clubs help members of the program stay current with the latest scientific advances.

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Year 1:  Begin coursework, complete research rotations, and choose thesis lab.

Year 2:  Complete courses, satisfy teaching requirement, pass Qualifying Examination, assemble thesis committee, and successfully defend Thesis Proposal.

Years 3-5: Conduct thesis research.  Publish work.  Graduate!