The MCIBS program accepts applications by December 15 for entry into the PhD program the following Fall. Please see How to apply for more information.
If you are interested in any of the following areas, MCIBS is a good match for you as it has an emphasis area with this focus:
- Cell and developmental biology
- Molecular and evolutionary genetics
- Cancer biology
- Molecular toxicology
- Immunology and infectious disease
Program Philosophy: The MCIBS program believes that future breakthroughs will come from scientists with both in-depth training in a specific area and breadth of knowledge across the biological sciences who are able to recognize and translate the impact of progress in other fields to their own. The MCIBS program seeks students interested in integrating a specialized research focus within the context of broader biological sciences and who wish to pursue research careers in academia, industry and government.
MCIBS is a rotation-based program. Students apply directly to the program, and not specific labs. Entering students identify mentors by performing rotations in different labs. These rotations are performed during the first semester. It is a great way for students and faculty to make sure that their interests and research styles are a good match. It also allows students to explore areas that may be unfamiliar to them, and to make make an informed choice about where they would like to do their thesis work.
If you are a prospective student, a good place to start is with an overview of life sciences graduate programs at Penn State.
You can also get a more in depth feel for the program in the Information for current students section, including:
information about mentoring, career development, career exposure seminars, as well as information about training grants and external fellowships. Information about key steps along the academic path of the PhD can be found here.