The Committee on Genetics is a broad interdisciplinary degree-granting
program that brings together geneticists from fifteen academic departments
of the University of Chicago and researchers from Argonne National Laboratory.
The program is aimed at training Ph.D. scholars in advanced rationales
and methods of genetic analysis for careers as independent scientists
in basic and applied biomedical research and education.
Opportunities are available to study diverse areas of genetics, including
genomics, developmental processes, gene structure and regulation, genetic
recombination and mutation, chromosome mechanics, evolution, human disease,
immunology, and other areas of modern genetics. Students receive broad
training in these subdisciplines, while specializing in one of them for
their research career.
Each student is expected to take four core courses in major areas of genetics,
including genetic analysis, genetic mechanisms, molecular biology, population
genetics and evolution, and four other elective courses. The curriculum
and research training are designed to take full advantage of the strength
of genetic research at the University. The program sponsors a regular
colloquium in genetics, an annual symposium on a chosen topic of modern
genetics research, a biweekly journal club, and a biweekly genetic of
model organisms club. During the spring and summer of the first year laboratory
rotations occur. At the beginning of the second year, students take an
oral preliminary examination on three written questions, given to the
students two weeks prior to the exam. At the end of the second year a
written research proposal is submitted and defended. This is the final
requirement for formal admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
All applicants to the department must take the verbal, quantitative,
and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination. All of our
Ph.D. candidates are guaranteed financial support for four years in the
form of fellowships and traineeships, covering full tuition costs and
a stipend for living expenses. Prospective students should write to the
Admissions Committee of the Committee on Genetics early in the autumn
of the academic year preceding the year of entrance. For further information
about the Committee on Genetics, the program of study, degree requirements,
and the research interests of the faculty, please contact: Graduate Program
Administrator, Committee on Genetics, Cummings Life Science Center, 920
East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, telephone: (773) 702-2464 or visit
our website: http://cg.bsd.uchicago.edu/.
This text was last revised on 8/29/2003.