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Program Administration

The Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Program is a university-wide program centered in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology. Program administration includes Faculty Committees on Admissions, Curriculum and Student Affairs that report to the Program Director. The Director presents a summary of the committees' activities at program faculty meetings. The responsibilities of the program committees are outlined below:

  1. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications to the graduate program and makes recommendations for acceptance to the Program Director. Final acceptance of an applicant requires approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

  2. The Curriculum Committee establishes program requirements and periodically reviews the curriculum and makes revisions as necessary. This committee also establishes the guidelines, approves the topics and forms the student committees for the Preliminary Exam.

  3. The Student Affairs Committee reviews the progress of all graduate trainees in the program on a yearly basis.

  4. The Executive Committee is composed of four senior faculty members of the Cell and Developmental Biology Program. The Committee provides program oversight and in conjunction with the Program Director develops policies and procedures. The constitution of student PhD Thesis Research Committees requires the approval of the Executive Committee.

The Graduate Program in Cell and Developmental Biology is governed by the policies and guidelines of the School of Biomedical Sciences as outlined in the School of Biomedical Sciences Catalog, and the program may establish additional program requirements. Several important policies are outlined below:

  1. Faculty may accept new predoctoral trainees and serve as mentors to these trainees provided the faculty have independent extramural funding. If such a person looses funding while serving as a mentor, they will continue in that capacity through completion of the program for any trainee already in their laboratory. On re-attaining extramural funding, they may again accept a new trainee to study under their guidance.

  2. The Program and/or the School of Biomedical Sciences will make every effort to financially support trainees for the first academic year of their training. Once a trainee has chosen a research advisor, it is the research advisor's responsibility to financially support the trainee, including arrangements for stipend and tuition from research grant and/or the advisor's home department resources, throughout the remainder of the trainee's graduate education.

Admission Committee Members

Jan Hoek, PhD - Chair
Dr. R. Vadigepalli
Dr. M. Holinstat
Dr. S. Joseph


Curriculum Committee Members

Dr. Jan Hoek - Chair
Dr. R. Iozzo
Dr. M. Risbud
Dr. N. Philp


Executive Committee Members

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