The new Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS) graduate program merger aims to increase integration and flexibility for life sciences students.
After a multi-year self-examination, life sciences faculty together with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and the Graduate School, have merged five inter-college graduate degree programs (IGDPs) into a single new program. The goal of this merger is to focus faculty efforts on making a single strong program. In addition, the merger will allow each class to have a larger cohort of students who can learn from one another and face the challenges and adventures of graduate study together.
This program – Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS) – brings together faculty from 6 colleges and more than 15 basic science departments across the University. Students can choose any of the more than 120 faculty associated with the program as their thesis adviser. MCIBS is supported by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and its academic home is the Graduate School.
In addition to creating a strong graduate program, the merger has the potential to foster new inter-disciplinary interactions between labs in different departments and colleges. MCIBS will encourage contact between faculty and labs through the graduate program as well as seminars and a retreat.
MCIBS is built on a great foundation as it was created from five strong programs all with their own strengths and history. The five programs being merged are: Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Molecular Medicine and and Molecular Toxicology.
For more information about the program, please see our web site.