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Physics and Biology in Medicine Graduate Program

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PBM Milestones


Exam Qualifying Exam Dissertation Proposal
(First Oral)
Dissertation Defense
(Final Defense)
Year Taken End of 2nd 3rd - 4th End of 5th
Topic Area NOT currently being researched Student's dissertation Student's dissertation
Advisor helps choose topic Yes Yes Yes
Advisor input on proposal No
(but anyon else can)
Yes
(STRONGLY encouraged)
Yes
(STRONGLY encouraged)
Review Committee Ad Hoc committe ≥ 3 Official Doctorial Committee
(Graduate Division approval required)
Official Doctorial Committee
(Graduate Division approval required)
Written Document Yes Yes Yes
Oral Presentation Yes Yes Yes
Format NIH Proposal NIH Proposal UCLA Dissertation Guideline
Page Limit 12 12 No Limit
Document due to committee 2 weeks prior to
oral presentation
3 weeks prior to
oral presentation
3 weeks prior to
oral presentation


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