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Graduates from the program are knowledgeable in the spectrum of medical genetics and take courses in molecular and biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, clinical genetics, and population genetics. All PhD students in Medical and Molecular Genetics are required to take a minimum of 30 hours of course work (of that, six hours are G718 rotations), and the remaining hours are research and seminar credits, for a total of 90 credit hours. A student must maintain an average 3.0 GPA for all coursework; courses with less than a B- do not count toward degree requirements.
The Qualifying Examination consists of two parts: Part I, Written Comprehensive Exam and Part II, Written Research Proposal and Defense of Proposal. All parts of the qualifying examination must be passed before candidacy status is awarded, preferably by the end of the third year of graduate school.
A dissertation on a research project in the area of Human/ Medical and Molecular Genetics is required.
All PhD students must give two departmental seminars. The first seminar will be taken for credit as Q660 Medical and Molecular Genetics Seminar and evaluated and graded by a seminar review committee. Students must register for Q660 for credit for each fall and spring semester sessions beginning in their second year until they reach 90 credits (G901 stage). Grades for Q660 are determined by student attendance and seminar presentation if presenting for that particular semester.
The second seminar is a public seminar to coincide with the student’s dissertation defense. The dissertation defense seminar is held during the departmental seminar series time (Wednesday at noon). The defense seminar is not for credit. Student attendance is recorded for each departmental seminar, and every student must register for Q660 each semester.
Typically in the spring of Year Two, PhD students complete a competency examination based on the core Medical and Molecular Genetics coursework. In addition, students prepare and defend a proposal for a topic of original research. Passing of this defense is required for advancement to doctoral candidacy. After a laboratory for thesis research is chosen, an advisory committee consisting of at least three faculty from the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and one external faculty member (representing the minor) is formed with the approval of the graduate advisor and departmental chairperson. Upon advancement to candidacy, a thesis research committee s similarly formed but may consist of different faculty.
All Medical and Molecular Genetics PhD students are required to complete at least 12 coursework hours in a chosen PhD minor. Medical and Molecular Genetics PhD students who chose the Life Sciences minor using the core open admission curriculum may not count G716 Molecular Biology and Genetics toward the 12 hours of required MMGE coursework. These students need to take an additional three credits to replace G716 used in the Life Sciences minor.
Students receive competitive stipends, tuition scholarships and health insurance. PhD students with eligibility to work in the U.S. receive a competitive annual stipend without a Teaching Assistant requirement as well as tuition scholarships and health and dental insurance. Additional financial aid information is available from the IUPUI Office of Student Financial Services.