Degree Granting Department(s): BIG student select a home degree-granting program from the following DMS departments: Biomedical and Biological Science; Immunology; Neuroscience; or Virology. BIG students will be granted a certificate in Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics.
Normal Progression: Each BIG student will be expected to complete required courses in both their home program and the BIG program. In the first year, students will rotate in two laboratories.
Student advising: Each BIG student will have a BIG faculty advisor with whom s/he will meet regularly throughout her/his time in graduate school. Also, a meeting for course selection with BIG faculty members will be required for the first two years at the beginning of each semester.
Dissertation Advisory Committee (DAC): Students will follow the home program's advising structure. At least one member of the BIG faculty will serve on each student's DAC.
Qualifying Exam: The Qualifying Exam is available at 4 times: March or May of G2, September or October of G3.
Required Courses: In addition to the courses required by the home program, BIG students will be required to take courses as directed by the program.
Administrative Requirements and Consequences if timeline is not met
In any term, insufficient grade point average, laboratory performance, or overall participation and effort must be corrected. If not, poor progress can result in probation requiring prescribed improvement in next term or designated duration. Continued lack of satisfactory progress can result in suspension of stipend, discontinued registration, or withdrawal.
- Student must maintain a B average and complete required rotations.
- Student must maintain a B average.
- Unless laboratory is selected or plan with program head followed, student can not continue in program.
- Students may be given a conditional pass of the PQE but they must receive clear instructions for improvement and demonstration of improvement and a clear deadline, of no longer than one term, by which to submit corrections or be re-examined. If re-exam failed, the program and DMS decide if student will be asked to withdraw from the program or given the chance to take another exam.
- If project is not going well or there seems not to be a project, the Program Head will contact the chair of the DAC and a meeting will be held within two weeks of the DAC meeting to discuss performance and possible options for improvement. If prior efforts to overcome problems were not fully met, student likely placed on probation for a term or designated duration.
- For lack of continued good progress, a solid time-limited plan will be devised and achieved or imposition of probation will be considered.
- If a student falls behind the scheduled deadlines listed above, the Program Administrator will schedule a meeting of the student and the Program Head or designate to discuss performance and possible permission for continued registration in the program.