Timeline and Requirements

apply
Deadline Description

Pre-Admission Admissions
December 1 Application deadline
Early January Interview invitations extended
February – March Selected applicants are interviewed in NYC and Ithaca during the CBM Open House
March Acceptance letters sent
April 15 Deadline for students to accept offers of admission to program

Year 1 Summer Session (Ithaca or NYC)
First work day after July 4 Students begin first laboratory rotation and attend faculty research presentations
Late July Students submit course approval form (for fall semester courses) to CBM Program Co-Directors
August Students attend the annual summer retreat
First Semester (Same location as summer session)
Late August Students attend Orientation activities
Each student is also assigned a temporary major advisor
September-December Students take graduate level courses; begin another laboratory rotation
October Students submit course approval form (for spring semester courses) to CBM Program Co-Directors
Winter Intercession (January; NYC)
November 1 Students coordinate January “mini lab rotations” with NYC faculty and notify the CBM program coordinator of their choice
First week in January Students begin “mini lab rotations” in NYC, attending faculty research presentations
Second Semester (Ithaca or NYC)
January-May Students take graduate level courses; begin another laboratory rotation
March 15 Deadline for students to notify CBM program coordinator of summer rotation plans

Year 2
Summer
Summer Year 2 (Ithaca or NYC)
May 15-August 15 Up to two laboratory rotations
August 15 Deadline for selection of thesis lab

Fall Year 2
& Beyond
Fall Year 2 and beyond (Ithaca or NYC)
Year 2 Course Requirements:

  1. Responsible Conduct for Research (NYC); Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities (Ithaca)
  2. Critical Understanding of Scientific Literature, Spring (required for students in NYC only)
  3. Computational Biology Seminar and Journal Club, Fall & Spring (also required in Year 3)
June 30 All students will write and defend a thesis proposal for their A Exam (Ithaca students) or ACE (NYC students). The exam must be successfully completed and registered according to the guidelines of the graduate school in which the student is matriculated. Originals of all required forms must be filed with the appropriate graduate school, and duplicates must be filed with the CBM office.
Annually Thesis Committee meetings at least annually (Years 3 and 4) then at least every 6 months (Year 5 and beyond); Thesis Committee report must be filed with CBM and the graduate school in which student is enrolled.

Ongoing At all times in the CBM Program
At all times Students are required to abide by all policies and procedures of the CBM program and the graduate school in which they are matriculated for their thesis research
ALL CBM students are required to participate in:

  • Research in Progress Seminars
    (available to Ithaca students by videoconference)
  • CBM Journal Club Meetings
  • Annual Tri-Institutional CBM Retreat
Graduate

Updated: 03/2017