The Biochemistry Department offers a graduate research program leading to the Ph.D. degree. State-of-the-art facilities and diverse research opportunities are the cornerstone of our graduate program. Biochemistry currently consists of 19 faculty members who have received national and international recognition. The faculty foster active research programs that are well supported by grants, in 2001 having the distinction of ranking 3rd among the Big 10 schools in dollar amount of research funding from the National Institutes of Health and ranking 6th nationwide in NIH funding. Among others, supporting agencies also include the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. In addition, the faculty have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Alumni graduate students are making substantial contributions in industry and academia.
The PhD graduate program in the Department of Biochemistry is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students with a relatively wide range of backgrounds. Students with a bachelor's degree in any of the biological, biochemical, engineering, or physical sciences who have a strong desire to pursue a research-oriented career in molecular biology, biophysics, and/or cell biology are encouraged to apply. Required academic preparation includes organic chemistry, calculus, biology, and at least one course in biochemistry. Physical chemistry is highly recommended. Admission will be determined on the basis of academic record, letters of recommendation, GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical, and the advanced test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, or the undergraduate major), and the applicant's statement of goals.
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