Q) How do I apply for the graduate program in Microbiology?
A) You can apply on line by going to the Apply Texas website: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX.
Q) Can I apply for a Master’s degree in Microbiology?
A) No, the UT Microbiology program only accepts students for the doctoral degree.
Q) Can I begin my studies for the Ph.D. program in the spring semester?
A) No, the Microbiology program only accepts students in the fall semesters. The deadline for application is December 1st of the previous year. The deadline for Fall 2012 applicants is December 1st, 2011.
Q) Is there a cut-off score on the GRE test?
A) No, there is no cut-off score. The Admissions Committee considers every part of a student’s application: their statement of purpose, recommendation letters, GPA, GRE score, and research experience. The average GRE score of applicants accepted into the program is 1290.
Q) I took the GRE test some time ago. How long are my GRE scores good for?
A) The GRE score is good for 5 years. After 5 years, you must retake the test. (For the international students who must take the TOEFL test, this score is good for 2 years.)
A) No, for the Microbiology graduate program, only the regular GRE test will be considered.
Q) Will I receive financial support while pursuing my Ph.D.?
A) For the first year, the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology will provide support through an ICMB Fellowship. The program will also pay your academic year tuition and fees as well as your health insurance. After the first year of study, you are responsible for finding a permanent lab to join. Most graduate students subsequently find support through their lab by working as a Graduate Research Assistant or a Teaching Assistant.
Q) Is it necessary for me to work as a Teaching Assistant during my studies?
A) Yes, you must work at least one long semester as a teaching assistant while studying for your Ph.D. Many students work as a TA for more than one semester.
Q) Are there fellowships or scholarships available for this program?
A) To learn about other ways of funding your education, you can visit the following website at the UT Office of Graduate Studies: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/funding/
Q) When will the recruitment events be held in 2013?
A) The program will hold two recruitment events for applicants for the 2013 program. Those dates will be Jan. 24-26th and February 14-16th, 2013.
Q) How long does it normally take for a student to complete their Ph.D.?
A) While there is no definitive answer to this question, it normally takes between 5 – 6 years to complete your Ph.D.
Q) What kind of position can I find once I complete my Ph.D.?
A) Many graduates will go on to a postdoctoral position in an academic setting immediately following graduation. Other graduates may go on to careers as research scientists in colleges, universities, research institutes, government agencies, and in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.