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PhD Program in Computational Biology Timeline


Deadline Description Responsible Party
Dec 1 Application deadline Student
Early-Jan Interview invitations sent CB DGS
~February Selected applicants are interview during Open House CB DGS
~March Acceptance notifications sent CB DGS
April 15 Deadline: Students accept offers of admission Student


Deadline Description Responsible Party
April-Aug Follow grad School "to do" guidelines Student
April-June Begin reaching out to faculty to setup your first lab rotations Student

First Semester, Year 01

Deadline Description Responsible Party
Aug 16 Start of Fall semester Student
Mid-Aug Course enrollment Student
Mid-Aug CB Orientation Student
Early-Sept Submit DGS as temporary Special Committee chair (by 3rd week of classes Student
~Nov Arrange for 2nd lab rotation Student
~Nov Pre-enrollment for spring courses Student
Late Dec-Mid-Jan Time-off for holidays (with permission from current PI or DGS) Student

Second Semester, Year 01

Deadline Description Responsible Party
~Jan 16-20 Start Spring semester Student
Mid-Feb CB Recruitment Open House (required to assist and help coordinate events, in conjunction with other CB students Student
~April Arrange for 3rd lab rotation Student

Summer, Year 01

Deadline Description Responsible Party
May 16 Start Summer lab rotation Student
July 1 Complete hire paperwork for Payroll Student
Aug 1-5 Deadline for selection of dissertation lab Student
Aug 16 Begin your dissertation work in permanent lab Student

Year 02 and Beyond

OFFICIAL POLICY on Funding Support: 
If you are currently a 1st or 2nd year graduate student in the Field of Computational Biology, you are not explicitly required to TA at all during your graduate career.  Having said that, your funding is guaranteed your first year by the program and the following years to you by your PI (minimum 3 years, option of a 4th, which is up to your PI).   For these latter years, 2nd-4th (and 5th if ok'd by your PI) the exact form of your funding is up to your PI.  This means that your PI may decide to fund you the entire time on an RA or a fellowship available to them and/or they may have you TA for some of the semesters at their discretion.

Special Committee formation: You are required to have a full special committee by the end of your third semester. Details here.

A Exam: To qualify as a PhD candidate, you must pass your A Exam before the start of your seventh semester. Details here.

B Exam: After completing all degree requirements, but not earlier than one month before completing the minimum registration unit requirements. At least two registration units must be earned between passing the A Exam and the scheduling of the B Exam.

At All Times in the CB Program:

Students are required to abide by all of the policies set by the Graduate School.

All CB Students Are Required to Participate in:

Computational Biology Seminar Series - Schedule can be found here.