Timeline and Requirements

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Deadline Description

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

Year 1 Summer Session (Ithaca or NYC)
July Students begin first laboratory rotation
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
Sept-Dec Students take graduate level courses; begin another laboratory rotation
October Students submit course approval form (for spring semester courses) to CBM Program Co-Directors
Second Semester (Ithaca or NYC)
January-May Students take graduate level courses; begin another laboratory rotation

Year 2
Summer
Summer Year 2 (Ithaca or NYC)
May 15-June 30 If necessary, students perform another laboratory rotation
June 30 Deadline for selection of thesis lab

Fall Year 2
& Beyond
Fall Year 2 and beyond (Ithaca or NYC)
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.
Every 6-9 months Thesis Committee meetings at least every 9 months (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)
  • Annual Tri-Institutional CBM Symposium
Graduate