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.
Learning Objectives for the Plant Biology Ph.D. Program
- Design, conduct, analyze, write up, and defend a research project addressing a previously unanswered question
- Compose a grant proposal
- Identify and apply for sources of funding for research or travel
- Critically evaluate and interpret scientific papers from the primary literature
- Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, both lay and scientific, through teaching, writing, mentoring, and scientific presentation