Path to PhD
Students are expected to progress through the graduate degree program following a prescribed timeline and in a prescribed order from initial course work and rotations to ultimately filing a thesis.
Please refer to the Graduate Division policy on student progress for university guidelines on acceptable progress.
Academic advisors are available to assist first year students in exploring rotation and curriculum options. First years are required to meet with the pre-assigned academic advisor prior to the start of classes and again prior to Winter and Spring.
The Biophysics Program has a rotation discovery period, and a rotation decision week. In alignment with programs with overlapping faculty, the discovery period is a chance for first years and faculty to talk about rotation possibilities, with rotation confirmations during decision week.
Discovery period up through Sept. 23, 2021; decision week Sept. 24 – 29, 2021
Discovery period up through Jan 7, 2022; decision week Jan 10 - 14, 2022
Discovery period up through March 25, 2022; decision week March 28 – April 1, 2022
Advisors are available to assist second year students in their preparation for the oral exam including brainstorming ideas for committee members. Second years are required to meet with the pre-assigned advisor once in the year.
Third years and up
Advising at any time is encouraged but is optional. Your advisor can help with the selection of thesis committee members, and can assist with any issues that come up throughout your time in the program. You may wish to make use of your advisor for advice related to any concerns you are having in your lab.
The path to your PhD degree