Graduate student Sandra Nnadi presents at the 2019 annual Student Research Conference

Graduate Student Sandra Nnadi presents at the 2019 Student Research Conference

The Plant Biology Department offers a thesis-based program toward a Ph.D. in Plant Biology. This program provides training in basic scientific research in diverse aspects of plant biology, including developmental genetics, molecular regulation of gene expression, cell biology, plant-microbe interactions, ecological genomics, systematics and biogeography, and ecology of plant population and community dynamics. Students in this research-oriented program complete rotations in at least two laboratories before settling in the lab where they complete their dissertation research.

Program Requirements

Ph.D. in Plant Biology

Learning Objectives for the Plant Biology Ph.D. Program

  1. Design, conduct, analyze, write up, and defend a research project addressing a previously unanswered question
  2. Compose a grant proposal
  3. Identify and apply for sources of funding for research or travel
  4. Critically evaluate and interpret scientific papers from the primary literature
  5. Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, both lay and scientific, through teaching, writing, mentoring, and scientific presentation