Highlights and Learning Outcomes

Graduate Program Highlights and Student Learning Outcomes

Graduate students are trained to become well-rounded scientists, able to do interdisciplinary research in the area of Molecular Biosciences and learn to communicate well written and orally. 

Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program Includes:

  • Coursework
  • Laboratory rotations, at least three eight-week rotations
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Learning oral communication skills with the teaching and seminar requirements and participation at conferences 
  • Learning written communication skills with two grant proposal writings and writing of annual reviews every year 
  • Participation in professional development workshops through the Graduate School 

Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program Handbook

The details about expectations, requirements, and the sequence of events for successful completion of a thesis M.S. or a Ph.D. degrees are in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.   Trainees will gain research expertise that is interdisciplinary, spanning the areas of cellular, molecular and structural biology, and receive focused training in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics or microbiology. This outcome will be demonstrated by their ability to:

a. Develop the skills to critically read and evaluate molecular biosciences.

b. Develop testable hypotheses based on an in-depth understanding of previous and current research, and design experimental approaches to successfully test the hypothesis.

2.   Trainees will have opportunities to master various professional skills, particularly in the areas of communication, mentoring and leadership. Success in this outcome will be demonstrated by students’ ability to:

a. Communicate their research results and its importance to experts in their field as well as general lay audiences, effectively in both written and oral form.

b. Understand and follow norms of scientific ethics, including concepts of publication ethics and responsible conduct in research.

c. Exhibit proficiency in mentoring and teaching, including development of leadership skills.

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