I. PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This handbook is intended for graduate students who are pursuing a Ph.D. Degree in Cancer Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Cancer Biology Graduate Program is an interdepartmental program administered at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research (also known as the Department of Oncology) in the School of Medicine and Public Health. The Cancer Biology Program consists of over 50 trainers that span multiple departments across UW-Madison.

The UW-Madison Graduate School is the ultimate authority for granting graduate degrees at the University. The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general University requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/acadpolicy/). The policies in this handbook provide additional information specific to the Cancer Biology Program.

Degrees and course requirements may change over time. Students are required to meet the degree and course requirements in effect when they entered the program. Administrative procedures and processes may also change over time. Students are required to follow the procedures and processes listed in the most current handbook.

If you have any questions about the policies or guidelines outlined, please contact the Cancer Biology Program Coordinator.

PhD Timeline

YEAR 1

Participate in Orientation activities End of August
Register for Fall semester courses and 990 research credits By August 31
First day of classes September 2
Lab Rotation 1 ~September
Lab Rotation 2 ~October
Lab Rotation 3 ~November
Begin in new lab Early December
Register for spring classes and 990 research credits By beginning of Spring semester
Establish a Certification Committee consisting of 5 faculty members By May 31
Schedule the first committee meeting (notify Coordinator of date), complete meeting and submit form By August 31

YEAR 2

Present in Cancer Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar Series Spring Semester
Complete all major coursework requirements (and minor coursework, if applicable) Spring Semester
Schedule Preliminary Exam and notify Coordinator of the scheduled date (at least three weeks in advance), complete Prelim Exam and submit paperwork By August 31

YEAR 3 AND BEYOND

Present in Cancer Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar Series Fall or Spring Semester
Schedule Committee Meeting (notify Coordinator of date), complete meeting and submit form By August 31

FINAL YEAR

Schedule Semi-Final Report approximately 6 months prior to Dissertation Defense and submit form
Schedule Dissertation Defense and notify Coordinator of date (at least 3 weeks in advance)
Defend Dissertation and submit necessary paperwork to Coordinator and Graduate School