The MDTP endeavors to give students the tools they need to become successful microbiologists. While much time as a graduate student will be spent conducting research, there is more to a scientific career than time in the lab.
- Course requirements. We believe a strong foundational knowledge in microbiology is key. Thus, we have a list of core courses from which our students select at least three courses.
- Seminar requirement. Our MDTP seminar is an opportunity for students to connect with their peers, share their research and build community.
- Teaching practicum requirement. We also know that communication skills matter. Teaching deepens knowledge and builds confidence.
- Professional development requirement. Our students go on to a range of careers – academic, governmental, private industry. We want our students to explore career paths as graduate students.
Our program is proud of the the breadth of training and the level of mentorship our faculty provide for students. Students are required to do three rotations before committing to a thesis lab, and regularly hold committee meetings to get feedback and guidance. More detailed information about program requirements is available in the MDTP Handbook.