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Current Students

ABOUT THE Graduate Program

Typically, Ph.D. trainees enter in the Fall via the ILS portal, rotate in three laboratories from their choice of 14 departments, and take a minimal set of professional development courses (e.g., journal club and ethics) with no formal coursework. Students enroll in the BMB program in January of the first year, and commit to a faculty member’s laboratory. Students select a Dissertation Advisory Committee by the end of their first year, with which they will meet at least annually. The curriculum consists of research and participation in a two-semester course covering topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and cell biology. In addition, three electives are required in your area of interest from any of the life sciences programs. Students also participate each semester in a journal club and lab meetings, and a weekly professional development course in which 3rd and 4th year students will present their research findings to their peers. Course listings may be found on the online Graduate Bulletin. By the end of their second year, students are required to apply to take a Qualifying Exam to proceed into Candidacy. See Instructions and BMB guidelines for further information. See Graduate Student Handbook for details. Following completion of a research project, a dissertation will be submitted and defended before to the department.  

Extramural funding is an excellent mechanism to begin building your independent research career. All students are encouraged to apply for support from a training grant or extramural fellowship support – see Training Fellowship Opportunities links below.

Graduate Student Handbook

For current information on all rules and policies related to graduate student affairs in the BMB program, please see: 

Graduate School Handbook

BMB For Dummies

For a condensed version of the graduate requirements on a year-by-year basis, please see the one-page summary:

BMB For Dummies

Student association

The BMB department supports an active Biochemistry Graduate Student Association (BGSA)  that organizes many department events and promotes leadership and professional development. 

Biochemistry Graduate Student Association (BGSA) Info

Training Fellowship Opportunities

The Biochemistry and Molecular Graduate Training program is housed within the Graduate School of the University of Georgia, which handles key steps in your progression as a graduate student to include admissions, standing, candidacy, dissertation defense, and graduation.

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