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Faculty Resources

The Molecular Biology Program and the Biological Chemistry Program are developed and managed by participating faculty. Each member is expected to participate in Program functions, including mentoring graduate students, teaching courses, serving on committees, interviewing prospective students, and attending Program events.

Some of the Program annual activities are the Bioscience Symposium, Program picnics, and recruiting weekends.

 

Faculty Application


Faculty who want to join the Molecular Biology Program or the Biological Chemistry Program should follow the guidelines and email the requested CV and letters of support to the Bioscience PhD Office and the Program Director.

 

Affiliate Faculty


A number of University of Utah faculty are affiliated with the Bioscience PHD Programs and have active research labs but who are not currently taking Ph.D. students. These faculty are included in this section below.

 

Lab Rotations


Program students complete three (3) laboratory rotations with different faculty members in their first year of graduate study. An additional rotation can be done in the summer before the first year.

Rotation Schedule for 2016-17

(Please note: these dates do not correlate with the academic quarters.)

Fall 2016 Semester

1st Rotation: Monday, August 29 - Friday, October 21

2nd Rotation: Monday, October 24 - Friday, December 9

Spring 2017 Semester

3rd Rotation: Tuesday, January 17 - Friday, March 3

Lab Commitments Begin: March 6

 

Details about the guidelines for lab rotations are in the requirements for current students:

Students are expected to work in the lab 10-30 hours a week: each case may be unique. Their coursework does take priority and if they are having trouble they should communicate their concerns to you and their academic advisor.

At the outset of the rotation project, students are asked to discuss conceptual and methodological details with the Rotation Advisor.  It is the Rotation Advisor’s responsibility to ensure students understand rotation expectations, such as attendance at group research meetings and the format of the end-of-rotation report/presentation..

Rotation Advisors are required to review the Rotation Report and sign a Rotation Verification Form indicating both satisfactory performance during the rotation and approval of the Report.

 

Accepting a Graduate Student


In order to allow fair access to thesis labs, faculty and students are asked to wait until the Monday following the last rotation before making a firm commitment to a thesis lab (March 6, 2017). In principle, students and faculty should be talking during their rotation about the possibility of joining the lab. The question of space and funding should be made very obvious to the student prior to establishing a rotation so there are no misunderstandings when he/she is choosing a thesis lab.

Please refer to the BC Thesis Advisor Guidelines or MB Thesis Advisor Guidelines for additional details.

The Program recommends each participating department maintain the current stipend amount but departments may vary on other support, i.e., insurance benefits. Please consult the individual department and your potential thesis advisor about support.

All Program faculty members strive to arrange space in their labs so that they can accommodate at least one thesis student from each  class.

 

Faculty Profile


Participating faculty maintain a research profile on the Bioscience PhD Program webpage highlighting current projects and publications in the laboratory. Faculty are asked to update these profiles regularly.

 

Curriculum & FRIS


Faculty Research Interest Seminars (MB/BC Fashion Show)

This series of seminars provides an opportunity for faculty members to describe key aspects of their research to the first-year graduate students. The seminars are offered during the Fall semester as part of the first-year core curriculum.

Program faculty talks inform students about the diversity of possible thesis topics and the variety of experimental approaches employed in the different Program laboratories.

  • FRIS are an important part of the experience of first-year students
  • Students claim it is a major factor in choosing their rotation laboratories.
  • Classes are held 9:40-10:30 am on Mon, Wed, Fri through 2016 Fall Semester in ASB
  • Faculty will receive a request for availability in the summer before fall semester

  • Only Program faculty are allowed to speak at FRIS. We do not allow postdocs or other proxy speakers.
  • It is assumed that faculty who are presenting in FRIS will strive to arrange space in their labs so that they can accommodate at least one thesis student from the current  class

Additional Curriculum Resources

The Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry Programs maintain the highest academic standards.

 

Committee Membership


The Molecular Biology Program and the Biological Chemistry Program are developed and managed by participating faculty. Each member is expected to serve on committees based on their suitability to the task at hand, as well as with regard to keeping a balance of workload between Program members and an equal representation of participating departments,

Please see the Program Administration Pages for additional details.

Recruiting


Recruiting weekends are in January, February and March. Faculty participation is crucial to the continuing success of the Program. There are 6 interviews conducted each Friday, dinners for prospective students Friday evenings, and a mini symposium on Saturday morning.

  • Only Program faculty are allowed to interview prospective students. We do not allow postdocs or other proxy interviewers

Interview Dates

Friday, January 20, 2017 - MB & BC

Interviews 9:00-2:45 pm
Recruitment Dinner and Poster Session 6:30-8:30 PM
Jewish Community Center (JCC), 2 North Medical Drive

Friday, February 3, 2017 - MB & BC

Interviews 9:00-2:45 pm
Recruitment Dinner and Poster Session 6:30-8:30 PM<
Salt Lake City Library, 210 East 400 South

Friday, February 17, 2017 - MB & BC

Interviews 9:00-2:45 pm
Recruitment Dinner and Poster and Poster Session 6:30-8:30 PM
Natural History Museum of Utah, Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way

Friday, March 3, 2017 - MB

Interviews 9:00-2:45 pm

Friday, March 10, 2017 - MB

Interviews 9:00-2:45 pm

Interview Feedback Links

These are password protected forms to submit comments about recruits after interviews. Contact the Program Office for login information.

MB: http://www.bioscience.utah.edu/forms-secure/interview-comments/mb-interview-comments.php

BC: http://www.bioscience.utah.edu/forms-secure/interview-comments/bc-interview-comments.php

Recruiting Slides

The Recruiting Committee requests that, as part of our recruiting efforts, you put this slide up after an acknowledgements slide and leave up during Q/A at end of talks/guest lectures at other universities. 

 

 

Last Updated: 1/17/17