Program Plan

The program for graduate students includes:
1. Theoretical training by formal course work in molecular and cellular immunology, tissue and organ biology, biochemistry, genetics and cellular biology.
2. An introduction to research through rotations in at least three faculty laboratories.
3. The selection of an advisor for research training leading to a Ph.D. thesis
4. Seminars given by visiting scientists
5. A journal club in which students present and analyze published research, as well as their own progress
6. An oral qualifying examination, which is taken at the end of the second year
7. An annual immunology program conference, where the research progress of each laboratory is discussed
8. Thesis research leading to a written thesis

The first year is devoted mainly to course work and laboratory rotations. In the second year, coursework is decreased and the student's commitment to his/her own research increases. In the following years, the student is primarily engaged in full time research. It is anticipated that most students will complete their degree requirements in about 5 years.