Mentor Selection

Research opportunities in many areas of contemporary Cancer Biology are offered including cancer therapeutics, metastasis, tumor microenvironment, breast cancer biology, carcinogenesis, cancer genetics, and cancer immunology.

Year One - Students will complete three laboratory research rotations during the first year of study (one in each term), after which they will choose a dissertation mentor. Mentor selection is a major milestone leading to the successful completion of the program. Students can use the mentor selection guide to make the best possible choice. A signed mentor agreement is a requirement of the program.
Year Two - During the second year, students submit a "Plan of Work" that documents the academic curriculum leading to the PhD, and choose a permanent dissertation advisory committee. PhD candidacy is conferred upon successful completion of the oral comprehensive exam.

Year Three through Graduation – Students are required to arrange dissertation committee meetings no less than annually. It is very common for students to have more frequent dissertation committee meetings during the last year – 18 months of the PhD program. Frequent committee meetings help keep the dissertation project on track. Committees will complete an annual appraisal form at the end of each committee meeting.