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Washington State University Graduate School

Molecular Biosciences, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes

 

All graduates will be able to:

    1.  Trainees will gain research expertise that is interdisciplinary, spanning the areas of cellular, molecular and structural biology, and receive focused training in biochemistry, cell  biology, genetics or microbiology. This outcome will be demonstrated by their ability to:
        1.  Develop the skills to critically read and evaluate molecular biosciences literature and place new findings in the context of the previous and current research in their  general discipline and specific field of expertise.
        2.  Develop testable hypotheses based on an in-depth understanding of previous and current research, and design experimental approaches to successfully test the  hypothesis. Evaluate experimental results critically, including quantitative analyses, and formulate a defensible conclusion. Demonstrate technical competency in  appropriate methodologies from the disciplines of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology.
    2.  Trainees will have opportunities to master various professional skills, particularly in the areas of communication, mentoring and leadership. Success in this outcome will be  demonstrated by students’ ability to:
        1.  Communicate their research results and its importance to experts in their field as well as general lay audiences, effectively in both written and oral form.
        2.  Understand and follow norms of scientific ethics, including concepts of publication ethics and responsible conduct in research.
        3.  Exhibit proficiency in mentoring and teaching, including development of leadership skills.
    3.  SMB will enhance the quality and the number of its graduate student cadre by demonstrating the value of the SMB graduate training experience. Achievement of this outcome will be  demonstrated by:
        1.  Maintaining and improving the quality of applicants who are recruited into the SMB graduate program, including successful recruiting of underrepresented minority  students and participating in Research Assistantship for Diversity Scholar program (RADS) through the Graduate School and recruiting to NIH-funded pre-doctoral  training grants in Protein Biotechnology. Additionally, being proactive in increasing the success of the STARS program.
        2.  Providing effective technical and professional training that allows students to complete their participating in Research Assistantship for Diversity Scholar program  (RADS) through the Graduate School and recruiting to NIH-funded pre-doctoral training grants in Protein Biotechnology. Additionally, being proactive in increasing  the success of the STARS program.
        3.  Sustaining a research infrastructure built around accomplished, innovative faculty dedicated to research and training in an interdisciplinary environment.

 

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