MMCRI is part of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), which is a unique graduate program that includes the University of Maine as the Ph.D. granting institution and six cooperating academic and research institutions within Maine. GSBS provides diverse interdisciplinary training in biomedical research through its tracks in multiple disciplines, including Functional Genomics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and Toxicology.
Applications for admission to the program need to be submitted by January 1st for entrance into the program the following fall. Upon matriculation into the program, students spend the first academic year performing laboratory rotations through 3-4 laboratories at any of the cooperating Institutions. Once a mentor is identified, the student will join that laboratory and set up a thesis project under the guidance of their thesis mentor and a Thesis Committee consisting of an additional 4 participating faculty. Successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations, usually by the end of the second year, is required for candidacy.
Additional information about the GSBS program, including the application process, can be found on the GSBS website.