Handbook for Current Students

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics!

Please find below our guide to your time in our department. The graduate school describes policies that apply to all graduate students here.


  • Getting StartedFrom here you can get information about obtaining ID cards, keys, and links to other resources.
  • Rotations. List of department faculty who are accepting rotation students.
  • Departmental Requirements. Outlines the requirements for students in the department regardless of track, as well track-specific requirements.
  • Courses and GradesProvides a list of course offerings and explains grading guidelines.
  • Student CommitteesHow are they chosen?  When should meetings occur? What is an Individual Development Plan? What is the role of each student's committee chair?
  • Research AdvisorThis section explains the student's selection process of a research advisor.
  • Comprehensive ExamThis section provides information on the format and schedule for the comprehensive exams.
  • Fellowships and Training programsThis section identifies external fellowships (during Years 1 and 2) and training programs that can help support the student's research and training
  • Your thesis. Brief description of thesis requirement, and link to graduate school formatting guidelines