Graduate Student Handbook
For current information on all rules and policies related to graduate student affairs in the BMB program, please see: Graduate Student Handbook
BMB For Dummies
For a condensed version of the graduate requirements on a year-by-year basis, please see the one-page summary, BMB For Dummies.
The BMB department supports an active Biochemistry Graduate Student Association (BGSA) that organizes many department events and promotes leadership and professional development.
Graduate Program Basics
Typically, Ph.D. trainees enter in the Fall via the ILS portal, rotate in three laboratories from their choice of 14 departments, and take a minimal set of professional development courses (e.g., journal club and ethics) with no formal coursework. Students enroll in the BMB program in January of the first year, and commit to a faculty member’s laboratory (link to form). Students select a Dissertation Advisory Committee by the end of their first year (link to Graduate School Advisory Committee Form), with which they will meet at least annually (Annual Meeting Form). The curriculum consists of research and participation in a two-semester course covering topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and cell biology. In addition, three electives are required in your area of interest from any of the life sciences programs. Students also participate each semester in a journal club and lab meetings, and a weekly professional development course in which 3rd and 4th year students will present their research findings to their peers. Course listings may be found on the online Graduate Bulletin. By the end of their second year, students are required to apply to take a Qualifying Exam to proceed into Candidacy (Candidacy Form). See Instructions (coming soon) and BMB guidelines (Rubric) for further information. See Graduate Student Handbook for details. Following completion of a research project, a dissertation will be submitted (Final Doctoral Program of Study Form) and defended before to the department.
Extramural funding is an excellent mechanism to begin building your independent research career. All students are encouraged to apply for support from a training grant or extramural fellowship support – see links below.
For additional questions / concerns about the program, please contact the BCMB Graduate Coordinator (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 706-542-1334).
Training Fellowship Opportunities
The Biochemistry and Molecular Graduate Training program is housed within the Graduate School of the University of Georgia, which handles key steps in your progression as a graduate student to include admissions, standing, candidacy, dissertation defense, and graduation.
- Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award - https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs/fellowships/F31
- NSF National Graduate Research Fellowship Program - https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201
- American Heart Association - https://professional.heart.org/professional/ResearchPrograms/ApplicationInformation/UCM_443316_Predoctoral-Fellowship.jsp
- Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases Training Grant - https://ctegd.uga.edu/opportunities/funded-training/
- Glycobiology Training Grant - http://glycomics.ccrc.uga.edu/gtp/