Weill Cornell Medical College The Rockefeller University Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Apply Online Application Due: December 1, 2013

Timeline and Requirements

Research-based curriculum

Admissions Timeline
Dates Description
Dec 1 Online application deadline, including receipt of letters of recommendation
late Dec Invitations sent for TPCB Interview and Recruiting Open House
Jan TPCB Interview and Recruiting Open House in NYC
Feb – Apr TPCB admission offers sent to students
Apr 15 Deadline for students to accept or decline TPCB admission offers
Enrollment Timeline
Dates Description
May 1 Deadline for incoming foreign students to submit completed I-20 visa applications to TPCB
First-Year Advisors contact students to discuss selection of laboratory rotations
May 15 Deadline for incoming students to arrange Laboratory Rotation #1 directly with TPCB faculty member
Jun 20 Deadline for receipt of final official undergraduate transcript by TPCB
(deadline extended for students at institutions with later graduation dates)
Jul 1 Students arrive on campus in NYC and begin Laboratory Rotation #1
Welcome Lunch & Orientation with TPCB Directors and 2nd-year students
(start date flexible for students with extended academic commitments)
Jul – Aug Students attend Meet the Faculty lunches with TPCB faculty
late Aug Graduate Student Orientation Week (hosted by Weill Cornell)
Sep Classes begin on all campuses
Laboratory Rotations — Year 1
TPCB students must rotate in at least 3 different labs on at least 2 of the 3 campuses
Dates may be adjusted as needed in consultation with First-Year Advisor and faculty mentors
Dates Description
Jul – Sep Laboratory Rotation #1 (3 months)
Oct – Jan Laboratory Rotation #2 (4 months)
Feb – May Laboratory Rotation #3 (4 months)
Lecture Course Requirements
TPCB students must complete 4 lecture courses
Dates Description
Years 1–2 1) TPCB Principles of Chemical Biology (Rockefeller, Fall, odd years)
2) TPCB Chemistry in Biology & Medicine (Weill Cornell, Fall, even years)
3) Core Course (select one)

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Columbia G4147, Fall)
  • Biochemistry Core (Weill Cornell, Fall)
  • Pharmacology I: Chemical Biology (Weill Cornell, Fall)
4) Elective Course (select one or a second course from Group 3)

  • *Other electives may be selected with prior approval by TPCB Program Director
  • Biophysical Methods (Weill Cornell, Fall, odd years)
  • Biochemical and Biophysical Methods (Rockefeller, Spring, intermittent)
  • Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy (NYSBC/CUNY 86900, Spring, odd years)
  • Cell Biology (Rockefeller, Spring, even years)
  • Cryoelectron Microscopy of Macromolecular Assemblies (NYSBC/NYU 4408, Spring)
  • NMR Spectroscopy of Macromolecules (NYSBC/Columbia G6270, Spring, even years)
  • Quantitative Understanding of Biology I (Weill Cornell, Fall)
  • Statistical Thermodynamics (Columbia G4230, Fall)
  • Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry I (Columbia G4148, Fall)
  • Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry II (Columbia G8149, Spring)
Research Seminar Requirements
TPCB students must participate in interactive research seminar meetings
Dates Description
Years 1 & 2 TPCB Chemical Biology Seminar Course (seminar journal club, Fall and Spring)
Years 1 & 5 Tri-Institutional Responsible Conduct of Research Course (Fall)
All Years TPCB Student Research in Progress Seminar Series (approx. biweekly)
All Years Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Symposium (annual)
All Years TPCB Open House Poster Session (annual)
Thesis Research Requirements
TPCB students must pass an initial PhD candidacy exam and a final PhD thesis defense
Dates Description
Year 1, June 1 Deadline for selection of thesis laboratory (end of Year 1)
Year 2, June 30 Deadline for successful completion of PhD candidacy exam (end of Year 2).
All students must also submit at least one external fellowship application during their training, generally based upon the thesis project.
Years 3 and 4 Meet at least annually with Thesis Committee of TPCB faculty members
Year 5 and beyond Meet at least every 6 months with Thesis Committee thru completion of PhD
Thesis defense Written thesis, public oral presentation, and private thesis defense with Thesis Committee and additional faculty examiner
All Years Students are required to abide by all policies and procedures of TPCB and of the graduate school in which they are formally matriculated

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