Year One Training
A Solid Foundation: Curriculum, Rotations, and Seminars
During the first year, a majority of students take an integrated core curriculum that forms the foundation of their graduate training. The first semester of the core curriculum consists of three courses:
- IPBS 801: Fundamentals of Biomolecules (3 credit hours)
- IPBS 802: Molecular Cell Biology (2 credit hours)
- IPBS 803: Fundamentals of Receptors & Cell Signaling (2 credit hours)
The core curriculum courses taken by students committed to the Cancer Research and Neuroscience programs will depend upon the student's educational background and research interests.
In the second semester, students select from the introductory courses offered by the six doctoral programs.
During the first year, all students perform research rotations in three laboratories. Students that chose to go uncommitted (multi-program option), are free to rotate in any of the participating laboratories on campus before choosing a laboratory or a doctoral program - OR - students can choose to commit to an individual doctoral program (single program option) and rotate in just those laboratories associated with that doctoral program. Multi-program students will commit to a doctoral program at the end of their rotations.
The curriculum, along with research rotations, provides the first year student with a strong, multidisciplinary foundation that is important for success in modern biomedical research. In addition, students can attend a wide variety of regularly scheduled seminars given by research scientists visiting UNMC.
In subsequent training after the first year, students will complete the curriculum of the selected doctoral program. Additional course requirements depend upon the interests and goals of the student and are defined on an individual basis by the student's Supervisory Committee. A comprehensive examination is required for admission to PhD candidacy. After the second year, students spend most of their time performing the PhD thesis research project. The PhD is awarded upon the successful completion of the thesis research dissertation.
To better prepare students for careers in academia and business, UNMC offers additional, specialized training through the Business for Bioscientists Certificate Program, along with workshops and seminars offered by the Graduate Studies office.