First Year Requirements

To do:

  • Carry out 3 lab rotations
  • Participate in MCB Tutorial/Lit Review
  • Take MCB classes
  • Select TA choices in April
  • Select dissertation lab
  • Take summer biomedical research integrity seminar series
  • Establish WA residency

Detailed description:

AUTUMN QUARTER

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Lab rotation

MCB Graduate Courses
Select courses following the Area of Interest Model Curricula.  3-5 credis are recommended.

MCB 514 Molecular and Cellular Biology Literature Review
(2 non-graded credits)
Graduate student seminar which emphasizes grant writing and oral presentation. Course open only to first-year students in the program.

MCB 599 Introduction to Research in Molecular and Cellular Biology
(Min. 2, max. 9 non-graded credits)
Laboratory rotations with faculty participating in the program. Students carry out individual research projects and participate in the scheduled research and journal club meetings of the chosen lab. Students present oral and written reports of their research project at the end of the quarter.

Program and Departmental Activities
In addition to formal courses, students attend at least one departmental research seminar per week which would typically be within the department in which the lab rotation is occurring. Students also attend the evening student/faculty special events sponsored by the MCB Program.

WINTER QUARTER

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Lab rotation

MCB Graduate Courses
Select courses following the Area of Interest Model Curricula.  3-5 credis are recommended.

MCB 515 Molecular and Cellular Biology Literature Review

(3 graded credits)
Graduate student seminar which emphasizes critical evaluation of original literature orally and in writing. Course open only to first-year students in the program.

MCB 599 Introduction to Research in Molecular and Cellular Biology
(min. 3, max. 9 non-graded credits)

Program and Departmental Activities
As previously described.

SPRING QUARTER

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MCB Graduate Courses
Select courses following the Area of Interest Model Curricula. 3-5 credis are recommended.
Lab rotation

MCB 516 - Molecular and Cellular Biology Literature Review
(2 non-graded credits)
Graduate student seminar which emphasizes critical evaluation of original literature orally and in writing. Course open only to first-year students in the program.

MCB 599 Introduction to Research in Molecular and Cellular Biology
(min. 3, max. 9 non-graded credits)

Program and Departmental Activities
As previously described.

SUMMER QUARTER

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MCB 600 Research
(1-10 non-graded credits)

Biomedical Research Integrity Lecture Series
Students attend 5 lectures and 3 discussion sections.  These can be completed over the first two summers in the program.

Students in a lab at UW register online at http://depts.washington.edu/uwbri/

Students in a lab at FHCRC register online at http://www.fhcrc.org/science/education/courses/research_ethics/training/schedule/register_bri.html

Registration info for UW BRI site:

Department:  Molecular & Cellular Biology
Title: Predoc Research Assoc
Type of Trainee: UW School of Medicine
 
PI information: Rich Gardner
Email: gardnerr@uw.edu
 
Box: 357275
 
Grant Info: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Budget: 07-5202
Position: Predoctoral Trainee

Program and Departmental Activities
Students choose their Doctoral Supervisory Committee and schedule its first meeting.