Program of Study

Laboratory Rotations
Students desiring to perform dissertation work through GSBSE are required to complete three laboratory rotations, each lasting one academic semester or summer. A rotation abstract booklet will be available for rotating students three months before the start of their first semester in the program. GSBSE requires that at least two Institutions be represented in a student’s rotation experience. These rotations are chosen by the student with the goals of providing experiences in diverse research areas and environments, and in the identification of a dissertation mentor.

The typical rotation schedule for the academic calendar is:
First rotation: Fall
Second rotation: Spring
Third rotation: Summer

At the end of each laboratory rotation, the student will provide a summary of her/his research achievements in the laboratory and an evaluation of the experience. The Principal Investigator (PI) will evaluate the performance of the rotation student, and discuss this evaluation in detail with the student. Strengths and deficiencies will be noted; the PI may suggest coursework or study to correct any deficiencies that are identified. Both evaluations will be forwarded to the GSBSE office. The rotation evaluations will become a permanent part of the student’s file.

Course Requirements
There are three mandatory courses that all GSBSE Ph.D. students are required to complete. The first course is Introduction to Biomedical Science and Engineering (BMS 625). This course is comprised of a series of four modules that provide a framework for an introduction to research in the field of Biomedical Science and Engineering:  Signal Transduction, Development, Stress and Genomics. The second course must pertain to biocomputing or biostatistics (e.g. BMS 502 Introduction to Bioinformatics or PSY 540 Advanced Psychological Statistics and Methods I). The last course must pertain to bioethics and scientific conduct (e.g. INT 601 Responsible Conduct of Research). Additional course requirements will be unique for each GSBSE student and will be tailored depending on their degree (Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, or Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering). Coursework will be determined by their dissertation mentor and committee. At least twenty total credits of coursework must be performed, and a total of thirty credits completed overall (including thesis credits).

Choosing a Dissertation Mentor(s)

During the summer of the first year, the student is expected to identify a mentor from the three or four completed rotations, exceptions may be made with the Director’s approval. The student will begin in the chosen laboratory in the Summer or Fall semester of the second year. During the first half year in the mentor’s laboratory a specific and focused dissertation topic should be identified and a thesis committee established.