Broadly, our department’s research can be grouped into three areas:
Research interests of many, if not all, faculty overlap into more than one of these areas. You can find more information about specific faculty here; we encourage you to explore their research and publications. If you have specific questions, reach out to the faculty directly and/or to grad students in those labs!
What does your 1st year as a grad student look like?
Well, to be honest, it looks a bit like undergrad, juggling classes and a research rotation for the first 2 quarters. Then you officially join a group in the spring (woohoo!) and continue to take classes. In the summer, full-time research and preparing for quals.
Biochemical Engineering (required)
Join a lab & do research!
Research & quals prep!
Qualifying exam at the end of summer
Don’t be afraid. Qualifying exams are taken at the end of your 1st year. It’s a 20-minute research presentation followed a 20-minute Q&A with 3-4 faculty. You’re tested on your understanding of the core ChemE concepts (covered by the core courses) as they apply to your research project.
And after the 1st year, what’s expected?
A poster presentation in your 3rd year. And preparing your thesis! Including meeting with your thesis reading committee at least once, writing the darn thing, giving the oral presentation in a public portion(~1 hour), and answering questions in a private portion with your committee (~1-2 hours).