Ph.D. - Molecular Biophysics
The Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program (MOB) at Florida State University is a leading institution for training the next generation of biophysicists to participate in the discoveries of tomorrow. Biophysics combines the power and elegance of
physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology to decipher the molecular basis of many biological processes. Biophysicists have been at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in biomolecular sciences in the past twenty years.
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Current research strengths at FSU include
Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry
Students have direct use of some of the world’s best scientific equipment.
**National High Magnetic Field Laboratory--world’s largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory
**900 mHz NMR and High Field Pulsed EPR Spectrometers
**FEI Titan Krios Electron Microscope
**High Performance Computing Facility with nearly 7,000 cores and advanced visualization capabilities
**X-ray Facility with access to synchrotron beam
**Protein Expression and Physical Biochemistry Core Laboratories
Successful students come from diverse scientific backgrounds and our curriculum is designed with the flexibility to meet their individual goals. Faculty represents a wide range of scientific expertise from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering and Medicine. Detailed descriptions of their research interests is available on the website.
Acceptance into the program is accompanied with financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships, health insurance subsidy and tuition waivers. Additional support from the program of up to $2000 per student is available during the first two years to enable students to attend national meetings. Travel money is also available for advanced students presenting research at conferences. In addition, special awards are available from the program to selected, outstanding applicants that may provide up to a $2000 bonus that may be paid over the first two years. The FSU Graduate School offers a $1000 scholarship to new graduate students and outstanding applicants may apply for university fellowships of up to $10,000 in additional support above the stipend. Eligibility for financial aid is based on satisfactory progress in the program.
We require 9 hours of core courses and at least 9 hours of electives. Our core courses are "Structure and Function of Enzymes," "Chemical and Physical Characterization of Biopolymers" and "Advanced Cell Biology." Electives are selected by the student and advisor over a broad field of available courses in many different departments to enhance their research goals. Students also participate in 8 week rotations through labs of interest during their first year, before deciding on a major professor. In addition, students attend a seminar each week during Fall and Spring semesters and are required to present public seminars at certain stages of their graduate career.
Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
International Student Requirements:
TOEFL Exam for International Students, minimum scores:
600 on the paper-based exam or
90 on the internet-based exam
In addition non-native English speakers must pass a SPEAK test to demonstrate English profiency capable of teaching a class.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999