All Ph.D. degrees are granted in Pathobiology with areas of concentration in bacteriology, pathology and virology. All programs must be completed within eight years with the student maintaining continuous registration. Your graduate committee should consist of a major advisor who is a member of the Graduate School and a member of the department, a minimum three associate advisors should be identified who compliment the area of anticipated research interest. This committee should be formed within the first six months of the student's arrival to assist with course planning. The student should have frequent committee meetings to discuss research and academic progress (once per semester). A Plan of Study should be submitted prior to completing twelve credits of course work. Students will give at least three seminar presentations during their tenure (prospectus seminar, near midpoint of their research and dissertation defense). The General Exam should be taken within one semester after completing course work. A research prospectus written in the form of an NIH grant proposal and presented in the form of a seminar should be completed within six months of passing the general exam. After the formal seminar, faculty and committee members discuss the research proposal. Students should submit at least one paper for publication before their dissertation. The student must present at a research seminar and defend the their dissertation publicly. The faculty and committee discuss the research. Approval of the dissertation rests with the graduate committee.