Cancer Biology Admissions Procedure
As a student interested in Cancer Biology (CAB), you have two routes to admission : general admission to the biomedical graduate program or direct admission to CAB.
As an applicant to the PIBS umbrella program, you can indicate Cancer Biology as your primary interest.
This will ensure that the scoring of your application involves representatives of the CAB program. As a student that is admitted through PIBS, you may rotate across all programs or you may choose to focus your rotations on CAB member laboratories. At the end of year one, you would join the CAB program.
The direct admission option is intended for students that have already decided that they want to pursue a PhD in Cancer Biology and who want to expedite their progression. In both cases, CAB can adjust some of the first-year curriculum requirements to better tailor the start of the training to a student’s background and interests.
In order to get admitted through this process, you have two options.
Identifying a mentor ahead of time who agrees to take the student into his/her lab once accepted. In this case, the student would not rotate through different labs and would start PhD research right away. While this is the most streamlined process towards your PhD, it is critical that the upfront mentor / mentee pairing is sound.In order for this admission option to apply, the CAB program does require significant prior mentor / mentee interactions, preferably including a period in which the student did work in the mentor’s lab.
Entering direct admit without an established mentor / mentee agreement. As part of the general admission, you can select CAB-track. CAB track differs from general admission in our ability to streamline the admissions process and make adjustments to the first year curriculum. This can allow experienced students to choose more specialized courses earlier. CAB-track supports two very competitive fellowships for year one to support the rotation option. Any applicant for CAB-track is automatically part of general admission as well and is considered to have indicated an interest in CAB.
In any case, as a direct admit candidate you need to contact the program so that we can answer any questions you may have and track your application in the admissions process. Please send an email to our program coordinator, Sheldene Burke and program director, Dr. Landgraf.
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