Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics

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Application Deadline:

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year.

PhD application deadline is
December 1, 2017

M.S. program's rolling admission deadline is May 1, 2018

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry & Biophysics

A more extensive description of the requirements may be found in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Handbook and the Brandeis University bulletin.

Courses

The academic curriculum consists of seven one-semester courses, of which four must be satisfactorily completed in the student's first year. In the first year, students typically take BCHM 101a, 102a, 104b, and BCBP 200b, as well as four 9-week laboratory rotations and the non-credit course CONT 300b. In subsequent years, students choose advanced-topics elective courses offered throughout the School of Science.

Choice of dissertation advisor

In May of the first academic year, each student chooses a Brandeis faculty member as advisor for Ph.D. thesis research.

Teaching

Each student serves as a teaching assistant for two semesters, in courses, sections, or labs, usually in the student's second year of study.

Propositions

Proposition are mock-research proposals that the student writes and then defends in oral presentations. Each student must pass two propositions during the second academic year. Each proposition is an original research proposal based on an understanding of current literature in a specific field of research. The student should identify an interesting and experimentally tractable question at the forefront of biological science, and should design a plan to attack this question.

Progress Meetings

Starting in the third year of study, the student meets with a faculty committee of three members at least once every academic year to discuss progress towards completing thesis research. Students should not view these meetings as exams! Their sole purpose is to facilitate the student's trajectory towards a successful dissertation.

Dissertation

The Ph.D. candidate must write a dissertation that summarizes the results of an original investigation of an approved subject and which demonstrates the competence of the candidate in independent research. The student delivers a public lecture on the dissertation research and defends the work in a meeting with the dissertation committee.

 

 
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