Student Timeline

All forms mentioned below can be found under “Resources” and should be promptly submitted to the Program Administrator in 1462 Clifton Road, Suite 300A.  For more details about each milestone, refer to the IMP handbook.

Year 1

The first year of study in the IMP program consists of laboratory rotations, coursework, and other academic activities with the goal of the selection of a thesis advisor by the end of the first year.

  • Complete the Jones Program in Ethics required training prior to the start of the fall semester.
  • Complete Research Rotations in at least 3 different laboratories of GDBBS faculty. A Laboratory Rotation Notification form should be submitted prior to each rotation. After completing each rotation, submit a Laboratory Rotation Summary Report.
  • Complete required course work for Year 1 with a “B” or better.
  • Select a thesis advisor after completing the third rotation.  To formalize this relationship, submit the GDBBS Dissertation Advisor Assignment Agreement.

Year 2

During the second year of graduate work, students will concentrate on starting their thesis research in the laboratory of their thesis advisor, preparing to pass the IMP Qualifying Exam, and preparing to hold their first committee meeting.

  • Complete the Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) course prior to the start of the fall semester.
  • Students usually complete their Teaching Assistantship (TA) requirements during the second year, as well.
  • Complete the required coursework for Year 2 with a “B” or better.
  • Pass the IMP Oral Qualifying Exam in January. Submit the IMP Oral Qualifying Exam form after passing.
  • Select a 5‐member thesis committee by the first Research-in-Progress (RIP) presentation; this will take place in the spring of the second semester. Submit the LGS Dissertation Committee form.
  • Hold the first thesis committee meeting ideally in conjunction with the first RIP presentation, but no later than July 1. At the first committee meeting, present the thesis proposal, a written grant describing the proposed research, and given to each member of the thesis committee and IMP director. The thesis committee members must approve the proposal following the thesis committee meeting. Following the meeting, submit a Thesis Committee Meeting Summary and Progress Report form along with the IMP Evaluation of Thesis Proposal form and a copy of the thesis proposal. 

Year 3

The primary activity of students in the third and subsequent years will be the performance of thesis research and the presentation of research at RIP, committee meetings, and scientific conferences.

  • Write a review of the literature that will serve as the introduction chapter of the thesis.  Students and advisors are strongly encouraged to submit this review for publication.  Send completed reviews to the Program Administrator by December 1.
  • Hold an annual thesis committee meeting within one year of the first meeting.  Submit a Thesis Committee Meeting Summary and Progress Report form.
  • Give an annual Research in Progress presentation.
  • Apply for candidacy on June 1 by submitting the LGS Application for Admission to Candidacy form.

Year 4 and Beyond

  • Hold annual thesis committee meetings.  At the discretion of the thesis committee, meetings may be held more frequently than once per year. Submit a Thesis Committee Meeting Summary and Progress Report form after each meeting.
  • Give an annual Research in Progress presentation.
  • Plan for a defense and graduation by following the program, division, and graduate school requirements.  Contact the Program Administrator for more details.