Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences or Neuroscience
Our students are at the heart of these investigative activities as partners in the work, whereby they receive the most significant part of their doctoral training in a mentor-student relationship leading to the PhD dissertation. This research centerpiece of their training is preceded by a period of exploration of the Graduate Faculty and Multidisciplinary Training Areas (MTAs) in a year of core courses, special seminars/journal clubs and laboratory rotations. It is further enhanced by an individualized program of advanced coursework within one of eight Multidisciplinary Training Areas, a format that is at the cutting-edge of modern science research training.
Doctoral students may enter the PhD or MD/PhD Programs without a formal commitment to a particular MTA. This allows their initial exploration of potential research mentors and areas of concentration to remain fully open to changes in their interests as they participate in the General Program Requirements and learn about new areas of research through their seminars, journal clubs and laboratory rotations. Students with well-defined interests are encouraged to focus their rotations within the realm of that interest even before any written commitment to a particular dissertation advisor or MTA. The rotation is typically thirteen-weeks of half time training in the laboratory of a graduate faculty member. At the end of each rotation students are expected to present their rotation experience to their peers at least twice within the year. After the rotation period at the end of year 1, students are expected to: 1) formally choose a research mentor; 2) decide on the Multidisciplinary Training Area if he/she has not already done so. The MTA will be the student’s area of focus for his/her advanced coursework, journal clubs and seminars; and 3) choose three members for an Advisory Committee with whom they will be meeting at least once each semester to assess progress.
All students must be full-time. All students are required to develop a research project, under the supervision of one or more faculty members, which results in a thesis that reports the new findings, and is presented, defended and deposited. The choice of the research laboratory, through a series of laboratory rotations (BSR 1006 and BSR 1007) and academic credit for the thesis project (BSR 8000 and BSR 9000) are part of each student’s academic program. The maximum time limit for completing all requirements for the PhD degree is seven years. PhD students must defend and deposit the dissertation by June 30 of the seventh year in the Program. Students who do not deposit by April 15 will not be eligible to receive their degree in the May graduation ceremony. To participate in the graduation ceremony, students will be expected to have successfully defended before the graduation ceremony.
The PhD degree is granted either in Neurosciences or in Biomedical Sciences by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.