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Research associate

Ph.D. students are expected to enroll as full-time graduate students. Initially students take formal course work and become familiar with current research topics through seminars, discussion groups and lectures by distinguished scientists. Students will also rotate through a minimum of three research laboratories to decide their preferred laboratory and dissertation research. Once a match has been made between the student and the faculty advisor they will begin their dissertation research.

The total number of credit hours required for graduation will vary depending upon the qualifications of the student on entering the program, the nature of research being conducted or in the funding status of the student. Further information can be found in the graduate bulletin. Many students often end up taking more than the minimum number of hours required for their degree program.

Students have the option of enrolling in the Broadening Experiences for Scientific Training Program to explore their career options. Students interested in an academic career can enroll in the Preparing Future Faculty Program.

Required courses
OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity 1 credit
BIOC 530 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 2 credits
BIOC 531 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 1 credit
BIOC 532 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 1 credit
BIOC 533 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 1 credit
BIOC 543 Statistical Methods I 3 credits
MICR 653 AMG: Bioinformatics 3 credits

 

Core courses
OCMB 701 An Introduction to Oral Biology 2 credits
OCMB 702 An Introduction to Oral Pathogenesis 2 credits
OCMB 703 Research Topics in Oral Biology 1 credit
OCMB 704 Oral Biology Seminar Series 1 credit
To be taken for up to 8 credits
OCMB 706 Proposal Preparation 1 credit
OCMB 707 Research Skills and Career Development 1 credit

 

Electives

Students must also complete 8 elective credits.  Students will work with their advisors to select the most appropriate electives for their research and career aspirations.

Research requirements
OCMB 705 Oral Biology Directed Research 1-15 credits
To be taken repeatedly to fulfill the research requirements of the Ph.D.

Further details can be found in the graduate bulletin.

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Philips Institute for Oral Health Research
W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. Building
Box 980566
1101 East Leigh Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
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