All Immunology Program students complete a qualifying examination
by the end of June of the first year. PhD students must pass this
examination to begin full-time thesis research.
The exam requires
the preparation and defense of an original research proposal that is
not related to future dissertation work or to prior research
experiences. The exam is designed to measure originality and
independence and requires that the student suggest a feasible research
project on a biologically significant problem, outline a potential
experimental approach to its solution, and discuss the likely data that
could be obtained. An oral defense of this proposal is designed to
probe the ability of the student to integrate and evaluate material
learned in more abstract settings.
Preparation for the
examination is directed by a
Qualifier Adviser who mentors students in topic selection and assists
students in shaping the focus of their topic.
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center is home to many Sackler faculty members.
The Hirsh Library provides access to a wide-range of journals and welcoming study spaces.
Health Science Campus
The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.
Apply to the Sackler School
The priority application deadlines are as follows:
December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs
February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences
March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program
May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development
June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research