University of Idaho
College of Graduate Studies
Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
M.S. - Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry;, PH.D. - Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry;
Learn, practice, and teach research that helps us understand and cure diseases in plants, animals, and humans and treat toxic waste. Design and carry out scientific experiments. Carefully document and present findings.
Since 2000, our department has received $60 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to study infectious diseases.
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Master’s: Coursework and research generally takes two years. Work as a research assistant, and teach for at least one semester. Write a thesis. Publish a paper on your findings in an academic journal.
Ph.D.: Coursework and research generally takes four years. Pass preliminary and qualifying exams. Work as a professor’s research assistant, and teach for at least one year. Write a dissertation. A Ph.D. student identifies a problem and demonstrates how his or her research addresses the problem. Publish two articles on your findings.
Conduct a research project with the guidance of an advisor and graduate committee comprised of professors with valuable expertise. Present your findings in a lecture to your professors and peers. Demonstrate your expertise in a question and answer session.
Thesis: Develop a research goal based on work being done in your primary lab. Carry out scientific data collection with guidance from professors, and carefully document your results. Publish an article of your experiments and findings in an academic periodical. A thesis is excellent preparation for a Ph.D.
Dissertation: Write a proposal for a study that will seek to provide an answer to a significant question. Carry out scientific data collection and carefully document your results. Achieve significant independence in your research. Publish two articles of your experiments and findings in an academic periodical.
Research Assistant: All graduate students are assigned a primary laboratory to conduct grant-funded research. Experience three one-month rotations in different labs to determine the best fit. Positions are paid.
Teaching Assistant: In addition to research assistance, all graduate students are required to provide teaching assistance. Master’s students teach for at least one semester. Ph.D. students teach for at least one year.
The University of Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
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