Yearly Timeline

First Year | Second Year | Third Year | Fourth Year and Beyond

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First Year

Rotations: Students are required to do three rotations during their first year. They need to discuss a prospective rotation project and expectations with the faculty member well in advance. Students must also download the Rotation Evaluation Form and provide it to their advisor before the end of the quarter. At the end of each rotation, students will present their findings to their peers in a 10-minute talk with an additional 5 minutes for questions, and they will turn in a short write-up to the BMSD GPC.

Once students choose a lab for their thesis research, they must inform the BMSD GPC of their choice and return the following two completed forms to the BMSD GPC: Procedures for Joining a Lab and Human and Animal Advisory.

Teaching Assistantship: Students will be advised by the BMSD GPC during Spring Quarter on possible TA assignments for the coming academic year. Additional Department-specific information may also be provided by the student's thesis supervisor. BMSD students are responsible for arranging their TA assignments by the end of Spring Quarter and reporting this information to the BMSD GPC.

Classes: Students should register for the following classes in addition to electives. During Summer Quarter, XXX should be substituted with the appropriate department based on the advisor's affiliation (see Faculty and Research Credits): BIOC/BIOEN/B STR/CHEM/MEDCH/PHCOL.

Fellowships: Apply for fellowships. There is a list on the Downloads & Links page, but it is by no means exhaustive.

Second Year

Teaching Assistantship: Students TA for two quarters during their second year.

Classes: Students should register for the following classes in addition to electives. XXX should be substituted with the appropriate department based on the advisor's affiliation (see Faculty and Research Credits): BIOC/BIOEN/B STR/CHEM/MEDCH/PHCOL.

Third Year

General Exam: By the end of Autumn Quarter, students should select their committee members, inform the BMSD GPC of their choices, and schedule an exam date. Students take their general exam during Winter or Spring Quarter of their third year. For more detailed information, see General Exam.

Classes: Students should register for the following classes. Before passing their General Exam, students register for XXX 600; thereafter, they register for XXX 800. XXX should be substituted with the appropriate department based on the advisor's affiliation (see Faculty and Research Credits): BIOC/BIOEN/B STR/CHEM/MEDCH/PHCOL.

Fourth Year and Beyond

Final Exam: Students generally take their final exam during the fifth year. For more detailed information, see Thesis & Dissertation.

Classes: Students should register for the following classes. Before passing their General Exam, students register for XXX 600; thereafter, they register for XXX 800. XXX should be substituted with the appropriate department based on the advisor's affiliation (see Faculty and Research Credits): BIOC/BIOEN/B STR/CHEM/MEDCH/PHCOL.

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