Program of Study
Special Committee: As a member of the BBS Program, the Field of MIP requires three laboratory rotations during the first academic year. During this time, the Director of Graduate Studies serves as temporary Chair of your committee.
By the end of the rotation period, you should have a Special Committee Chair. By the end of your third semester of registration, you should have a full Special Committee. Please go online to student center to update our special committee members. The Field of MIP requires that you have four faculty on your Special Committee.
Student Annual Reports are required of all MIP students. You should meet with your entire Special Committee at the end of the Spring semester to review progress over the academic year and to set goals for the coming year. The online annual report needs to be completed by all Biological and Biomedical PhD students before July 1st of their 2nd year and beyond.
The course program will be formulated by you and the Special Committee. However, the Field of Molecular and Integrative Physiology recommends that all students take the following courses to acquaint themselves with various important aspects of the field.
BBS WIP: The goals of the BBS program are to train scientists in the biological and biomedical sciences, create new knowledge with high impact research, and prepare our students for positions in academia, industry, and government. With this goal in mind the BBS oversight committee has developed a BBS wide work in progress (BBS WIP) to highlight and disseminate BBS student research. The BBS program is very excited to offer this professional development opportunity which will foster networking and propel collaborative efforts.
Beginning Fall 2015, all BBS students will be required to participate in the new BBS Work-In-Progress Student Seminar (BBS WIP). It is expected that students will present on an annual basis throughout their time in the program through their 5th year. Students are required to attend 75% of the BBS WIP, attendance will be taken. Students will need to register for VTBMS 7200 BBS Seminar. First-year students will give a presentation on their rotation projects. Students beyond the first year should coordinate their annual Special Committee meeting with their BBS WIP research presentation and request their committee members attend the seminar.
Students who matriculated in Fall 2010 or earlier are not required to give a WIP seminar, but are highly encouraged to attend.
Teaching Experience: Since MIP is a member of the BBS Program, every MIP student is required to complete a full-semester teaching experience.
A-Exam: The Field of Molecular and Integrative Physiology strongly recommends the following format for the examination:
The proposal is to be your original work, although some general guidance and editorial consultation may be provided by the thesis advisor. The thesis advisor must approve the distribution of the proposal to the Special Committee members.
Within reason, you are encouraged to request/obtain feedback on the proposal by your close colleagues (lab mates, other graduate students, postdocs, etc) prior to submitting the proposal to the Special Committee. The proposal should be distributed to the Special Committee at least one week in advance of the A Exam. At the discretion of the Special Committee, you may be asked to prepare a brief oral presentation describing background information for the proposal as well as an outline listing the specific aims and research plan.
During your oral exam, the Special Committee members will use the proposal to ask specific questions that test your knowledge of the experimental system described in the proposal. The A-Exam will also include some questions related to prior course work (for example, questions examining Major and Minor areas of specialization and broad knowledge of physiology).
The goals of this A Exam format are:
B Exam/Dissertation: The B Exam is oral and deals with the general subject of the dissertation. You are required to present a seminar on the thesis research after the experimental work is essentially complete but before the dissertation is in final form. An appropriate time would correspond to the deadline for provision of a draft copy of your dissertation to the members of the Special Committee (i.e. a minimum of six weeks before the date of the final examination). This can take place in Work-in-Progress venue.
You are required to present a seminar on the results of you thesis research prior to the B-Exam; this seminar is open to the College and University communities.
The formatting of your dissertation must follow the Graduate School guidelines.