Students must meet the expectations of the University in terms of adequate progress toward the degree. Specifically:
Because the aim of the Ph.D. in Molecular BioSciences is to produce graduates who are fully prepared to pursue research careers in academia, industry, and at national labs, the MBS Ph.D. program will require a series of benchmarks to be accomplished as the student progresses along the path to graduation. These minimum benchmarks fall into three specific categories. Students must:
Although some of these expectations would be realized naturally in the course of a student's progress towards the Ph.D., the Molecular BioSciences program at MTSU makes them explicit to emphasize to incoming students the expectation that they will become actively engaged in the research process. Publications and presentations are already recognized as standard metrics of research progress. The involvement of Ph.D. students in the proposal writing process is a developing trend designed to train graduates to be more effectively prepared for jobs in the research environment. Experience in proposal writing is both a necessary skill and an important insight into the manner in which science and engineering are funded.
A student's progress on the benchmarks will be reviewed annually with his or her advisor or dissertation committee.