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Physics and Biology in Medicine Graduate Program


Written Qualifying Exam

The written examination consists of submitting a written research proposal to an ad hoc committee consisting of more than two faculty members within the specialty area. The research proposal must be written according to the NIH grant application format.

NIH R01 & R21 Hybrid Grant Proposal

  • Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Background and Significance (1 page)
  • Research Design and Methods (10-11 pages)
    • NOTE: Background and Significance plus Research Design and Methods are ≤ 12 pages
    • NOTE: Preliminary Studies section does not apply for this proposal (NO preliminary data is to be generated for this proposal
    • Literature Cited is a separate section that is as long as needed and does not count towards the 12 page limit.

The Topic should be one developed by student themselves

  • Topic should NOT be directly related to their ultimate research
  • (Concern is that student NOT be handed a project, but that the written proposal represent their development of an idea)

While a hypothesis is not required, it is strongly recommended as it provides a short concise statement of the major emphasis of the work in a way that is testable and which will help focus the proposal.

Student presents this work in an oral follow-up to clarify questions that arise from written document. This is referred to as the "oral defense of the written proposal" (and not the "First oral" or "Oral Qualifier").

A written copy of the proposal must be provided to all Committee members at least two weeks prior to the scheduled oral defense of the written proposal.

Evaluation (pass/fail) done by a small (3-4) faculty committee (not necessarily student's thesis committee as that would not have been formed yet)

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