Doctor of Philosophy Program

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There are two options or tracks in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy PhD program:

  1. Traditional Research Track PhD program

    The Traditional Research Track PhD program provides strong training for students who wish to go on to careers in either research (academia or industry) or teaching. Students in this program complete basic science core coursework (required and elective) and conduct laboratory research under the guidance of one of the outstanding research faculty in our department. Completion of this track usually requires 5 years.

    Students in the traditional research track who are interested in honing their teaching skills can participate in the teaching proficiency program (http://www.unmc.edu/brtp/120.htm). Students in the traditional research track who are interested in exploring careers industry that require some business expertise may consider participating in the Business for Bioscientists Certificate Program (http://www.unmc.edu/brtp/certificate.htm).

    Details regarding curriculum and research in the Traditional Research Track PhD program:

    Traditional Research Track PhD program curriculum

  2. Anatomy Teaching Track PhD program.

    The Anatomy Teaching Track PhD program is designed to train students who are interested in faculty positions that involve teaching Anatomical Sciences to professional students (Medical, Physical Therapy, etc) as well as research. Students in this program complete basic and medical science core coursework and conduct laboratory research under the guidance of a research faculty mentor. Additionally, teaching track students will work with a faculty teaching mentor to learn pedagogical theory and to apply this knowledge during hands-on teaching experiences in the gross anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy labs. Completion of this track usually requires at least 5 years.

    Details regarding curriculum and research in the Anatomy Teaching Track PhD program:

    Anatomy Teaching Track PhD program curriculum

Additional Requirements for all GCBA PhD students:

Students advance to Ph.D. candidacy by completion of course requirements and a comprehensive examination, which is completed during the third year. The comprehensive examination consists of the written preparation and oral defense of a grant proposal on a subject outside the immediate area of the student's dissertation research. Ph.D. candidates must have at least one (1) first-author research paper published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to graduation. The Ph.D. is awarded upon the completion these requirements and the written preparation and oral defense of a dissertation summarizing the student’s research.

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