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Graduate School of Arts and
Ph.D Programs
at the
College of Physicians & Surgeons

Letter to Applicants from the Dean

September 1, 2001

Dear Students:

Thank you for your interest in the new Coordinated Doctoral Program in Basic Sciences at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. As part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University, the Coordinated Doctoral Program encompasses eleven programs of study for the Ph.D. degree:

Anatomy and Cell Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Genetics and Development
Human Nutrition
Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biophysical Studies
Medical Informatics
Neurobiology and Behavior
Physiology and Cellular Biophysics

Upon acceptance to an individual Ph.D. program (your "home program"), you will become part of the Coordinated Doctoral Program and a welcome member of the exciting and interactive research community of faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows at the College of Physicians & Surgeons.

The Coordinated Doctoral Program allows you to do at least one of your first year research rotations in the laboratory of any basic science training faculty outside your home program. While you will very likely choose a laboratory in your home program for your Ph.D. research, the Coordinated Doctoral Program makes it possible for you to work with a mentor in any basic science Ph.D. program. The Program has also established new initiatives to expand course options and maximize interactions of the already vibrant graduate student community here at P&S.

As a student in the Coordinated Doctoral Program, you will be given full support for required tuition, student health services, and medical insurance. You will also receive a generous stipend for your personal use. The stipend begins at registration and normally continues throughout the period of graduate study. For the 2001-2002 academic year, the stipend is $23,000.

We are delighted by your interest in doing your Ph.D. studies with us. We look forward to receiving your application.


Richard H. Kessin, Ph.D.
Professor of
Anatomy and Cell Biology
Associate Dean of
Graduate Students
Fred Loweff
Assistant Dean for
Finance and Administration
Office of Graduate Affairs
Columbia University
Room 406
701 W. 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

Tel: 212-305-8058
Fax: 212-305-1031
Email: GSASatPandS@columbia.edu