Letter to Applicants from the Deans

July 1, 2007

Dear Students:

Thank you for your interest in the Coordinated Doctoral Program in Basic Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center. As part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University, the Coordinated Doctoral Program encompasses ten programs of study for the Ph.D. degree:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Biomedical Informatics
Cell Biology and Pathobiology
Genetics and Development
Human Nutrition
Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biophysical Studies
Microbiology
Neurobiology and Behavior
Pharmacology
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 Medical Center.

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 the Medical Center.

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 2007-2008 academic year, the stipend is $28,164.

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

Sincerely,
Richard B. Robinson, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology

Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs
Fred Loweff
Assistant Dean for
Graduate Affairs