Research training leading to the PhD or MS degree is tailored to the individual's background and career goals, with the proviso that a strong foundation in basic sciences is indispensable in preparation for infectious disease research.
The IID PhD Graduate Program includes:
- 72 credits: 15 credits must be graded graduate courses. The remainder are earned through supervised dissertation research.
- Laboratory rotations (3-4 rotations, 8 weeks each)
- Participation in professional development workshops through the Graduate School
- A final PhD examination consisting of:
- A public presentation of the research.
- An oral dissertation defense including examination of general knowledge pertinent to the degree.
Trainees will gain research training in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that prepares highly-skilled graduates. Skills and outcomes for PhD students include:
- Demonstrate mastery of general knowledge in the fields of immunology and infectious diseases
- Have the highest level of expertise in a specific, defined field of study
- Recognize problems in immunology and infectious diseases, including:
- Interpreting and critiquing scientific reports
- Identifying novel strategies to investigate new areas of research
- Develop a comprehensive knowledge base of previous and current research in a defined field of study, demonstrable by oral and written evaluations.
- Evaluate and interpret data in light of a defined research problem, with particular attention to how the experimental evidence supports or refutes a research hypothesis
- Develop presentation skills including:
- Presenting their research proposal in the format of a grant application to the graduate training faculty
- Preparation of first author manuscripts describing their results for publication in high quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Presenting their research to local, regional, national, and international audiences
- Cultivate professional networks among research colleagues through activities such as teaching, internships, fellowships, and collaborative research projects.
The IID MS Graduate Program includes:
- 30 credits: 21 must be graded courses or seminars; the remainder are earned in supervised thesis research.
- The final MS examination includes:
- A public presentation of the research
- An oral thesis defense including examination of general knowledge pertinent to the degree.
MS trainees will gain quality research training that prepares them for positions requiring a high degree of scientific literacy or for doctoral training programs. Skills and outcomes for MS students include:
- Achieve broad, general knowledge in the field infectious diseases and mastery of a specific subset, demonstrable by oral and written evaluations
- Develop research objectives to test a hypothesis, apply appropriate statistical analyses, interpret data in light of the defined research question and present results in conformance with standards for ethical and responsible conduct of research;
- Present research findings at conferences
- Preparation and publication of a first author manuscript in a high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journal