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Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology


Application materials, addresses, and guidelines for applying are available through the University of Arkansas Graduate School website Please refer to the Application Tips and Suggestions for CEMB (see left-side of this screen), as well as detailed instructions from the Graduate School.

CEMB Administration Title Term
Douglas Rhoads Director 2012-2017
Adnan Al-Rubaye Associate Director 2013-2016
Terri Fisher Administrative Support  
David McNabb Program Adivsory Committee 2015-2017
Jamie Hestekin Program Advisory Committee 2015-2017
Ravi Barabote Program Advisory Committee 2015-2017
TKS Kumar Program Advisory Committee 2015-2017

Charles Rosenkrans

Program Advisory Committee 2015-2017
Vibha Srivastava Program Advisory Committee 2014-2016
Ines Pinto Program Advisory Committee 2014-2016

Admission to Degree Program:
All applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. in a basic or applied science. Applicants must present Graduate Record Examination scores. Although not required, scores from an advanced test related to Cell and Molecular Biology may increase a candidates chance for admission. For admission, a student must have a sponsoring faculty member who will submit probable thesis subjects to the Program Committee prior to acceptance of the student. It is the responsibility of the applicant to find a sponsoring faculty member (consult the list of faculty and their contact information on the faculty page). Once an applicant has been approved by the Program Committee, applications are forwarded to the Graduate School for application for admission to the Graduate School. Students will be responsible for the Graduate School's application fee unless paid by the department of the sponsoring faculty member.

Graduate Student Support:
Any University support, whether as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or as a Graduate Research Assistant, can be arranged within the department of the sponsoring faculty member, or awarded competitively through the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Specifically, teaching or research assistantships can be provided by the sponsoring faculty member through grant funds, by arrangement for a teaching or research assistantship offered through the department using departmental funds, or, as available, through the competitive awarding of a limited number of Graduate Student Fellowships made available by the Cell and Molecular Biology Program Committee.

Degree Requirements:
All candidates for degrees in this program are required to complete CHEM 5813 and CHEM 5843, or their equivalent. In addition all candidates must enroll every fall and spring semester in a Cell and Molecular Biology designated seminar course. All candidates for the Ph.D. or M.S. must complete a minimum of 24 hours of post-baccalaureate graduate credits including CHEM 5813 and CHEM 5843, but excluding seminar, dissertation and thesis credit hours. The 24 credit hours are to be taken from the list of CEMB approved courses and approved by the students Graduate Advising Committee. With approval from the student's Graduate Advising Committee, up to 6 hours may be substituted from other graduate courses.

Graduate Advising Committee
All students in the program must formulate a Graduate Advising Committee consisting of Cell and Molecular Biology faculty a minimum of 4 for Ph.D. or 3 for M.S. candidates. Each committee must contain Cell and Molecular Biology faculty representing a minimum of two different academic departments, and if possible two different colleges. The Graduate Advising Committee will assist in formulation of the student's program of study, administer candidacy exams as required, and administer the thesis examination and student defense. Each candidate will submit written progress reports every spring semester to his/her Graduate Advising Committee followed by a meeting with the committee to assess progress and determine whether support for the student is recommended for an additional year.
Requirements for the Master of Science degree:
For the M.S. degree the Graduate School requires 30 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, a cumulative GPA of 2.85, and a minimum residence of 30 weeks. All candidates for the M.S. must complete 24 hours (18 hours plus CHEM 5813 and CHEM 5843) in Cell and Molecular Biology approved courses and 6 hours of thesis research. All M.S. candidates must complete a thesis based on their research and pass an comprehensive oral examination based on the thesis. Examination over and approval of the thesis is by the student's Graduate Thesis Committee. In addition, all candidates must give a public presentation of their thesis work as part of the Cell and Molecular Biology seminar course during their final semester.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree:
Candidates for Ph.D. must complete 18 hours of dissertation research. Students wishing to bypass the M.S. for a Ph.D. must complete a minimum of 24 hours of course work in Cell and Molecular Biology approved course work and a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation research. All Ph.D. students must complete the Candidacy Examination. The Candidacy Examination for the Ph.D. will consist of the writing of an original research proposal using the guidelines for a federally funded post-doctoral fellowship (e.g., NIH, NSF, USDA) and an oral examination over the proposal, related subjects, and general knowledge. The written and oral portions of the candidacy examination must be completed within the Ph.D. candidate's first two calendar years in this program. Students in the Ph.D. track will, in collaboration with their Graduate Advising Committee, select a topic and format for their research proposal within the first year in program. The proposal topic is to be within the field of Cell and Molecular Biology but on a subject distinct from the students Ph.D. research. The written proposal is submitted to the student's Graduate Advising Committee for evaluation and approval or rejection. Students may submit the proposal more than once. Upon completion of an approved proposal the candidate must then pass an oral examination by the student's Graduate Advising Committee covering the proposal, related subjects as determined by the examining committee, and general knowledge relevant to research in Cell and Molecular Biology. Only upon satisfactory completion of the proposal and oral examination, as judged by the student's Graduate Advising Committee, does a student become a candidate for the Ph.D. Students that fail to complete the candidacy examination in the allotted time will be dropped from the Ph.D. program but may choose to become candidates for the M.S. The Ph.D. is granted not only for fulfillment of technical requirements but also for development and possession of critical and creative thought abilities in the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology. Evidence of these abilities is given through the completion of a thesis. The student's Graduate Advising Committee will evaluate the thesis and conduct an oral Final Examination of the candidate over the thesis and any other subject matter deemed appropriate by the committee. Prior to the Final Examination the Ph.D. candidate will present a public seminar as part of the Cell and Molecular Biology seminar course during their final semester.

Grade Requirement
Students must maintain a minimum graduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 on all graduate course work. Any student receiving more than two C grades (regardless of GPA) in graduate courses of 2 hours credit or more may not complete a Ph.D. in the program, but may elect to pursue the M.S. degree. Any student who receives a grade of F in any graduate-level course will be subject to dismissal following review by the Program Advisory Committee.