You are required to pass a Thesis Proposal exam, which should be completed within your second year. Prior to this, in conjunction with your preceptor and the Directors of the GGS training area, you should assemble an advisory committee comprising 3-4 faculty with relevant knowledge on the thesis topic. In addition, at least one of the Directors of the GGS training area attends the Thesis Proposal exam, as well as your preceptor.
At least one week prior to the date of the exam, you will circulate to members of your exam committee a written document outlining your proposed thesis. This document should take the form of a grant proposal comprising the following sections: Specific Aims, Introduction, Preliminary data, Approach, Timeline and References. Total length should be 8-12 pages (single spaced, 11pt font – including figures/tables), with references not counted towards this total.
During the thesis proposal exam, the student will give a presentation of your thesis proposal. The written proposal also forms part of the exam, and in addition can often act as a draft submission for a Predoctoral fellowship proposal.
You must submit the written portion of the Thesis Proposal exam by March 1 and pass the oral exam by May 31 of your second year (4th semester).
After your first year, as a student in the GGS MTA, you are required to take BSR4401 (Genetics and Genomic Journal Club), BSR5401 (Seminars in Genetics and Genomic Sciences), and BSR5402 (Works in Progress: Genetics and Genomic Sciences), in addition to at least 6 other elective credits selected from any course offered at ISMMS. With Departmental approval, and if directly relevant to your research, you can also elect to take courses offered at other institutions in the New York area that will count towards your required elective credits.