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Projected Progress

Below is a timetable of the projected progress of a student in the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science PhD Program:


Second Year PhD student

By end of May

  • Students enter program from MCB track after consultation with Track Director and MMTS program directors 
  • Completed MCB coursework    
  • Chosen clinical mentor 
  • Thesis research is begun

By end of May the next year 

  • Completed second year  MMTS coursework  
  • Complete Clinical Lab Experience 
  • Thesis Committee  is selected  by student and advisor and approved by Program Directors 
  • Thesis topic is discussed with the Thesis Committee  

Third Year PhD Student

By first of July  

  • Submitted outline of preliminary research proposal to Thesis Committee


  • 2 weeks before the oral defense the students will provide a written copy of the research proposal to the thesis committee
Deadline: Sept. 1
(beginning of 3rd yr.)
  • The Thesis Committee will give an oral examination on the research proposal and coursework

Fourth/Fifth Year PhD Student 

Once each semester

  • The student will meet with the Thesis Committee to present  progress on the thesis research

Completion of Research

  • Complete thesis and submit written research thesis to the Thesis Committee
  • The Thesis Committee will give an oral examination on the student's research results presented in the thesis




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Contact Information
Molecular Medicine & Translational Science Graduate Program

Office 336-713-4259

Kay Collare
Administrative Assistant


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