Each graduate student in the program will work on a dissertation project under dual mentorship, consisting of a primary advisor who is Program Training Faculty, and a co-advisor who may or may not be Program Training Faculty, but must be from a different disciplinary area.
It is expected that the student will meet at least annually with the committee to update the members on his or her progress. As a partial fulfillment for the PhD degree, the student will submit a complete dissertation to be evaluated by a doctoral committee chosen by his or her mentors in consultation with the bioinformatics steering committee. The doctoral dissertation will be submitted to each member of the doctoral committee at least four weeks before the final examination. The student will defend his or her final thesis after the committee's evaluation and will pass or fail depending on the committee's decision.