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Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Houston, Texas

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Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
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Graduate Program - Typical Program of Study

Below is an outline of the major activities in which a graduate student in the Program in Molecular Virology and Microbiology participates during the years of the program. This is a typical program, and each student is likely to have modifications of this program according to individual needs.

First Year

  • Coursework – didactic courses each term. Graded.
    a) 2-3 courses each term (required or elective)
    b) Seminar (attendance required)
    c) Literature Reports (attendance/participation required

  • Research Rotation – (assigned term 1, selected by student in subsequent terms)

  • Meetings with First Year Academic Advisory Committee – meet at end of each term to assess progress and select courses for coming term.

  • Select Thesis Advisor – at end of term 4 or during term 5.

Second Year

  • Select Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) – with advice from thesis advisor and program director.

  • Coursework – complete coursework plan as designed with advice from TAC.
    a) Rarely more than one course per term.
    b) Attend Seminar and participate in Literature Reports

  • Research – begin thesis research project in laboratory of thesis advisor.

  • Biannual meetings with TAC – to discuss status and progress of research.
    a) Submit meeting report to g raduate school and program director.

  • Qualifying Exam – must be completed by end of 2nd year of residence.

Subsequent Years

  • Continue thesis research – under direction of thesis advisor and TAC.

  • Continue biannual meetings with TAC -- submission of reports to graduate school.

  • Attend Seminar and participate in Literature Reports.

  • Complete thesis research, write and defend thesis, receive Ph.D. degree

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