PhD Program

Graduate Program in Genetics & Genomics


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Application Information

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 1 each year. There is no guarantee that materials received or completed after that date will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Note that we admit new students only one time during the year. Notification of admissions decisions are generally made starting from early March and continuing until April. The graduate program begins in the Fall semester.

Routine questions about the program and the application process can be directed to the Graduate Coordinators Connie Mulligan and John Davis,  Questions about admissions decisions and detailed questions about the program can be directed to the Graduate Program Assistant, Hope Parmeter.

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The UF Genetics Institute

The University of Florida Genetics Institute is a multi-college, multi-faceted research center. What defines our institute, and our graduate program, is our philosophy that good geneticists are integrative geneticists, who incorporate many different genetic sub-fields into their work.

Interests in the faculty span from basic research to applied work, with an emphasis on synergy between faculty. Our core mission is to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world via integrative, genetics-based research.

There are currently 28 Ph.D. students enrolled in the Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program, representing a mix of domestic and international students whose research covers many different topics in genetics and genomics. At this time we do not have a Master’s program.

Our program’s physical heart is in the Cancer & Genetics Research Complex. However, because of the cross-college nature of the program, faculty and labs are found across campus. Supporting facilities include the

Admissions Criteria

This is a competitive program; fulfillment of the criteria specified below is not in itself sufficient for admission. In particular, the Research Statement required as part of the application is very important to the admissions decision.  You must describe your research interests, so that we can evaluate your knowledge of the discipline, your fit to the program, and your ability to articulate and motivate an interesting research problem. The required letters of recommendation are also extremely important in helping us identify applicants with exceptional aptitude for genetics, and with research experience and promise.

We encourage prospective students to establish a dialog via email, letter, or telephone with one or more faculty members whose work interests you prior to applying to our program. You might start by sending them your CV and other relevant information, and to discuss your scientific interests and research ideas with them. This dialog may assist you in identifying faculty members with whom you would like to conduct first-year laboratory rotations.Student laboratory rotations are a particularly exciting feature of the Genetics graduate program, and epitomize our philosophy that good geneticists are broadly trained and integrative. Many current faculty members still vividly recall the transforming effects of their rotations during graduate school – they didn’t always end up where they expected!

Rotations can open your eyes to areas of genetics that you had never considered, and entice you into considering brand new career opportunities. Each student will sample the breadth and depth of genetics research at UF by carrying out three 8-week modules consisting of design, implementation and analysis of genetics experiments. Each rotation is conducted in close association with a faculty member whose work interests you. To ensure that you fully experience the impressive breadth of genetics research at UF, your rotations will be hosted by faculty in at least two different Colleges (e.g., College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Medicine; College of Pharmacy; College of Veterinary Medicine etc).

Several sessions of our weekly seminar series will be dedicated to student presentations of rotation plans and results, in order to provide you with speaking opportunities and to increase general awareness among faculty of ongoing research projects. We consider the rotation program to be a centerpiece of your first year in graduate school, during which you will identify a faculty member who will serve as your major advisor for the remainder of your program. Students will be provided the opportunity to present their rotation plans and results to faculty and other students during a regularly scheduled student seminar series.

To apply for the program, please visit the Application Process page, read the instructions, and complete the online application form. You will be requested to select the program you are applying for. Please select the button for Genetics & Genomics, noting that this program is not IDP Biomedical Sciences-Genetics. To ensure that your application is routed correctly, please email Hope Parmeter, graduate program assistant, and let her know that you have applied.

Admissions Standards (GPA; GRE)

  • The Graduate School requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college  or university and a grade point average (GPA) for the last 2 years of undergraduate studies of B (3.0/4.0) or higher for admission to the University of Florida.
  • Applicants must obtain acceptable scores (equal to or greater  than the national mean) on all three components (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Exceptions to the above  requirements require recommendation by the program and approval by the Dean  of the Graduate School. The standards for admission to Graduate Study in Genetics are higher, but vary from year to year depending on the level of competition  and upon other aspects of the applicants record (GRE and GPA are not any more important than other aspects of your application). In general, please arrange to take the GRE so that we may be assured of having your scores no later than early January. The GRE subject test in Biology is not required for application to this program.

Information for International Applicants

If you are not a U.S. citizen or do not hold a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa you must apply as an international student for admission to the graduate program. Additional information can be obtained from the International Center.

Financial Aid

First year funding is provided by the graduate program. In subsequent years, funding will be provided by research assistantships, fellowships, teaching assistantships, or some combination of these mechanisms, provided by your dissertation mentor.

The University of Florida and other organizations offer the following graduate fellowships:

The Genetics Institute will make every effort to ensure that students have support for 4-5 years while a PhD student. All appointments are contingent on satisfactory progress in the program. Visit the Graduate School or the Office of Minority Graduate Programs for additional funding opportunities.