Facilities for Graduate Work
Large, well-equipped facilities are available for research and teaching in microbiology. Excellent scanning and transmission electron microscopy facilities, a confocal microscope, and a mouse genetic engineering facility are housed in the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology. Research in marine microbiology and ecology may be pursued at the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas.
Areas of Study
The graduate training program stresses solving fundamental problems of biology employing molecular, biochemical, and immunological approaches. A wide range of research opportunities is offered. The program encompasses topics concerning the cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology, and biochemistry of microorganisms and cells of higher organisms. The department offers a flexible program of study designed to provide excellent training and research opportunities individually tailored to each student's needs.
Graduate Studies Committee
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 1998-1999.
Master of Arts
Master's degree with thesis. The student must complete thirty semester hours of coursework, including Microbiology 698 and six semester hours in related fields outside microbiology. No more than nine semester hours of upper-division coursework may be counted, and no more than six of these nine may be in one field of study.
Master's degree with report. With the prior approval of the graduate adviser, the student may submit a report in lieu of the thesis. The student must complete at least thirty-three semester hours of coursework, including Microbiology 398R and six hours in related fields outside microbiology. No more than nine semester hours of upper-division coursework may be included, and no more than six of these nine may be in one field of study. The student must petition the graduate adviser for permission to submit a report rather than a thesis before registering for Microbiology 398R.
Doctor of Philosophy
To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must complete during the first three years a two-part preliminary examination. Part A, taken in the spring of the student's second year, consists of presentation and defense of a mock National Institutes of Health grant proposal. Part B, taken about six months later, consists of presentation of a proposal for dissertation research. Individual programs of study are tailored to the student's interests, but each student must complete Microbiology 395C, 395D, and 395E with a grade of at least B in each. The coursework must include at least one additional graduate-level lecture course in microbiology or another field. The student must also pursue independent, original research under the direction of a faculty member; the results of this research constitute the dissertation, which fulfills the requirements of the required courses Microbiology 399R and 399W. Each student must serve as a teaching assistant for two long-session semesters. Two six-week summer terms are considered equivalent to a semester. A well-qualified student can usually complete the doctoral degree program in five years.
For More Information
Campus address: Experimental Science Building (ESB) 400, phone (512) 471-4181, fax (512) 471-7088
Mailing address: Graduate Coordinator for Microbiology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712
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