PhD Degree—Second Year

By the start of the second year, most PhD students have begun work on the research project that will lead to their dissertation. During this year, students take Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research course, which examines the moral and philosophical issues confronting scientists, and continue to take electives based on their research interests as well as courses required by their program.

In Grant Writing, a popular course, students learn to write grant applications under the supervision of a professor. Then, the entire class acts as a peer-review panel, as funding agencies do, in critiquing all the grant proposals.

Students pass a qualifying exam to become candidates for the doctoral degree. This exam is scheduled by the end of the second year.

A Project to Call
Your Own

Chandrav De

Chandrav De, a PhD student in Microbiology & Immunology (above, with his Principal Investigator, Jennifer Moffat PhD) came to Upstate to continue his research in viral pathogenesis and oncology, both key areas of research here.

"I wish to contribute something toward the treatment of infectious diseases that affect so many lives," De said. In Moffat's lab, De studies the varicella zoster virus responsible for chicken pox and shingles, with a goal of improving existing vaccines and developing new treatments.

"Upstate is a good place to start your journey," he said. "Here you can always have one-on-one time with your Principal Investigator, and everyone is open to new ideas which drive the field of research."