Information for Prospective Students

Students typically join the CPB program after completing initial post-baccalaureate training in the Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program (QCB), the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), or the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  As students complete their first year of graduate studies (the G-1 year), they match to a research group; if the student and his/her new mentor feel that the CPB program is the right direction, the student applies to the CPB Program. Other students enter through direct admission to the program and university.

The required application materials to the program include a one-paragraph description of their intended area of research and a list of their intended coursework during the G-2 year.  The academic transcript from the G-1 year, research description, and coursework proposal are reviewed by the Graduate Education Committee (GEC). The GEC will review the research description to ensure its congruity with the goals of the CPB program.  If they feel that the research description is appropriate for the CPB, and presuming that the student has performed suitably during G-1 courses, they will recommend that the student be admitted to the program.  They will also review the proposed courses, paying particular attention to the area of intended research and the track requirements; as needed, they will recommend alternative or additional courses during the G-2 year.

Information about these entry programs can be found below.

The QCB is an admissions program and first year curriculum for students who have a strong undergraduate background in physics, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering and a desire to pursue a doctoral degree one of the primary research areas of Chemical and Physical Biology (chemical biology, imaging science, molecular biophysics and structural biology, or systems biology).  Please visit the QCB website for more details and access to its free application.

The IQP is an admissions program and first year curriculum for students who have have a background in biology or related sciences and a have a strong desire to pursue a doctoral degree one of the primary research areas of Chemical and Physical Biology (chemical biology, imaging science, molecular biophysics and structural biology, or systems biology).  Please visit the IGP website for more details and access to its free application.

The MSTP supports and educates students who are interested in faculty, research, and other leadership positions in the biomedical sciences..  Please visit the MSTP website for more details and access to its free application.

Prospective students interested in applying directly to the program and university should contact the program leadership.