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Brief Program Overview

The CMB Ph.D. program trains students to:

  • Become scholars in their field
  • Conduct hypothesis-based research in an ethically responsible manner
  • Think independently, creatively, and critically
  • Effectively communicate as teachers, researchers, and scholars

The curriculum of the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences program is designed to give students fundamental and applied skills to prepare them for future positions in scientific research and related fields. The core curriculum includes coursework in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, ethics, data analysis and presentation. Students also enhance their writing skills through a grant-writing course and improve their presentation skills through participation in the CMB Seminar Program and teaching opportunities. During the first year, CMB students conduct three research rotations with potential advisors, while taking the required core course work in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Students complete their core course requirements and comprehensive exam in year two.


CMB students are funded during the first two years on a Graduate Teaching Assistantship that provides a $32,000 stipend, 23 credits of tuition and full UVM student health insurance. Students are required to pay their own fees. Funding for students past their second year will come from the research mentor or the department of the research mentor.