Microbiology Ph.D.

Prospective students planning to apply to the program should contact the graduate program coordinator in microbiology to obtain information on the program. Each applicant to the graduate program must be sponsored by a faculty member in the program. The sponsor's decision is usually based on the Statement of Interest section of the Application to Graduate School form. Laboratory rotations are available for students that may have several potential mentor matches.  This rotation must be completed in the first semester and a faculty sponsor must be identified and mutually agreed upon. All students must enroll in MCBS 905 (Contemporary Topics), and participate in each semester in MCBS 997 (Graduate Seminar).

Advancement to candidacy requires the successful completion of the following:

1. All courses required by the Graduate Committee.

2. A written qualifying exam administered by the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Faculty.

3. An independent research proposal developed in conjunction with a faculty adviser.

4. An oral defense of the research proposal.

Students enrolled in the doctoral program are required to complete one semester of teaching, and to complete and successfully defend a dissertation based on their research proposal.

The program’s acceptance of the dissertation is contingent on its approval by the doctoral committee and evidence that at least two manuscripts based on the thesis research have been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal appropriate to the topic.


Questions? Contact:

Cheryl Whistler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Rudman Hall, Room 208
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2359