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Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences



May 28, 2015
3:00 PM
Commencement Ceremony


May 29, 2015
12:00 PM
Annual PhD Distinguished Alumnus Seminar
Toby Tucker Hecht, Ph.D. (Einstein '73)
Forchheimer Medical Science Building 5th floor lecture hall

Thesis Defense Seminars

Monday, June 29, 2015
1:00 PM

Thesis Defense
Tynisha Thomas

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
10:00 AM

Thesis Defense Seminar
Catherine Manix Feintuch


Qualifying Examination

Workshops and Form Submisions

Qualifying Exam Form 1a and 1b Due
Monday, March 02, 2015

Qualifying Exam Form 3 Due
Monday, May 04, 2015

Qualifying Exam Proposal Due
Friday, May 08, 2015

MS Diploma Form Due
Monday, June 22, 2015

Candidates for the PhD degree must satisfactorily complete a Qualifying Examination, the purpose of which is to ensure that students have a general understanding of the biomedical sciences and sufficient knowledge of their chosen area of thesis research to proceed towards the PhD degree in a timely manner. The Graduate Division administers the Qualifying Examination in the fall of each year.

Qualifying Exam Guidelines And Forms

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Timeline To The Qualifying Examination 

Qualifying Exam Student Guidelines 

Qualifying Exam Committee Chair Guidelines 

Form 1a – Proposed Committee Members 

Form 1b – Tentative Specific Aims and Title for Qualifying Exam Proposal 

Form 2 – Confirmation of Committee Members 

Form 3 – Date, Time, Location of Qualifying Exam (No exams are to be scheduled on official school holidays)

Form 4 - Chair's Summary Evaluation 

Granting of the MS Degree

Degree granting date: May 28, 2015 and September 30, 2015 

  • Students who successfully complete the Qualifying Exam before May 28, 2015 will receive a Master of Science degree conferred on this date. 
  • Students who successfully complete the Qualifying Exam after May 28, 2015 will receive a Master of Science degree conferred on September 30, 2015. 
  • No exams are to be scheduled on May 28, 2015. 

After the Qualifying Exam

MS Diploma Form 

Advisory Committee Guidelines 

Student Advisory Committee Summary Report Form 


NIH Guide to Ethical Writing 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship Application Guidelines 

Academic Calendar 

Cite It Right! (A Guide to the Qualifying Exam Proposal and Thesis Dissertation Preparation) 

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