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Genetics, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Program Description

The Field of Genetics, Genomics and Development requires graduate students to take one semester of BioMG7810, one semester of BioMG8340 or equivalent, three courses in a breadth requirement, three semesters of BioMG7800, a course on ethical issues in science (e.g., BioMG7510, Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities), and attend and participate in the Wednesday Field Seminars (12:20 pm; BioMG7860). Attendance at Friday Molecular Biology & Genetics Seminars (4:00 pm; BioMG7870) is also required. Additional course requirements, including the graduate minor, are set by the members of the student’s Special Committee. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their breadth and minor requirements by the end of their first year. Students are expected to take a minimum of 12 credits of GRADED courses during their first year in our program.

            For courses with a letter grade, students are expected to receive a B (3.0) or better in order to remain in good standing in the program. Grades below B- in a student’s major area do not constitute satisfactory performance, and the course(s) must be retaken if it is a required course. If a student receives a grade below B- in two or more classes, he/she is at risk of being asked to leave the program (see First Year Evaluation below).

            Please note that there is apparently a long break between the two semesters. However, first year graduate students are expected to be working on their first or second rotation (see Laboratory Rotations) during the intersession period.

 

 

Contact Information

Website: http://gendev.cornell.edu
Email: gendev@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-2313

107 Biotechnology Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • developmental biology
  • genetics
  • genomics

Tuition

2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; no Spring admission

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in biology or biochemistry advised

Assessment

Graduate Education Assessment:  Graduate Field of Genetics and Development

 

Learning outcomes

Measures of outcome

 

Time frame

Source of information

Master a foundational   knowledge of genetics and development

 

Course selection and   grades

1st 2  years

Course transcript

Written and oral component   of A exam

2nd year

A exam thesis proposal

Responses to questions at   annual seminar

2nd year and   beyond

Written evaluation by   thesis committee members at annual meeting

Develop critical thinking   skills

 

Performance in problems   courses

1st year

Course transcript

Performance on A exam

2nd year

Written evaluation by exam   committee members

Yearly committee meeting

2nd year and   beyond

Written evaluation by   thesis committee members at annual meeting

Successfully plan and   execute original research

 

Performance on A exam

2nd year

Written evaluation by exam   committee

Annual progress report

Publications

2nd year and   beyond

Written evaluation by   thesis committee members at annual meeting

Present data national meetings

2nd year and   beyond

Annual Progress reports

Obtain external funding

2nd year and   beyond

Annual Progress reports

Develop written   communication skills

 

Written A exam proposal

2nd year

Written evaluation by exam   committee members

Annual progress report

2nd year and   beyond

Annual Progress reports

Written evaluation by   thesis committee members at annual meeting

Written manuscripts

2nd year until   all publications submitted and in press

Publications

Written thesis

Upon completion of thesis

Written evaluation by exam   committee members

Develop oral communication   skills

Oral component of A exam

2nd year

Written evaluation by exam   committee members

Annual seminar

Annually

Written evaluation by   thesis committee members at annual meeting

Oral component of B exam

At thesis defense

Written evaluation by exam   committee members

Understand and practice   responsible conduct of research

Attend BIOMG 7510 -   Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities.

After 1st year

Course transcript

Attend additional   workships for responsible conduct of research as required.

As required

Registration information   from program organizers

Annual Progress reports

Perform PhD research in   compliance with ethical and professional expectations.

For entire graduate   training

Written evaluation by   thesis committee members at annual meeting