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In the Biomolecular Sciences track of the Pharmacognosy graduate program, students take a number of required and elective courses, with a strong emphasis on the basic sciences. The great variety of available elective courses makes the program highly flexible: it can be tailored to the students’ interests and needs.
During the first two semesters, students conduct three, 10-week research rotations in laboratories of the Center. By the end of the first year, after completion of the three rotations, a student chooses a lab to pursue Ph.D. research. During the Spring semester of the second year of studies, students take a preliminary examination in the form of a project proposal defense.
Depending upon the availability of funds, students admitted to the program are usually supported through a teaching or research assistantship during the first two semesters of their studies and after joining a lab for their Ph.D. studies. The student is usually supported as a Research Assistant through lab research funds.
Graduates from the Biomolecular Sciences track have gone on to research positions in pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions, are teaching at leading universities and took positions in the government. Some of the students doing research at the doctoral level with the faculty members of the Center are affiliated with other UIC graduate programs (Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Bioengineering, etc.). Students coming to the Center through these programs are fully integrated into the Center's research, life, and activities.