The master’s in Infectious Disease and Immunology is a research intensive program. Students are expected to undertake an independent, original experimental study resulting in a new
and significant contribution to knowledge. The research will culminate in the preparation of a thesis and a final oral examination conducted by the student’s Master’s Thesis Committee.
Students will select a laboratory for research following one to three 6-week rotations during the first semester. Following rotation(s) and by the beginning of the spring semester (by January 1) of their first year, students will choose a laboratory and begin research towards their thesis. With the help of the graduate program director, students will choose both a basic science mentor, in whose lab the research will be completed, and a clinician scientist mentor, whose clinical experiences will help drive the project design.
By the beginning of the second year (August), in consultation with her/his mentors, students will select a committee (the two mentors plus two other faculty) and submit a written proposal for the master’s thesis work. Following approval of the proposal, students continue to carry out the appropriate experiments and develop the written thesis. The thesis is defended orally to the committee by the end of the second year (by the end of July). Students are expected to actively engage in research for the duration of the program, including during semester breaks.