New PhD students have the opportunity to rotate through three labs, to gain experience with the scientific questions and techniques employed in each. Following the selection of a permanent lab and a Major Advisor, students deepen their expertise in that lab's research area through participation in all aspects of the research endeavor, including generating novel hypotheses, writing proposals, mentoring undergraduate assistants, developing and executing tests and assays, and participating in lab discussions. With guidance from the Major Advisor, students then develop and execute their own novel research projects and disseminate their results through scientific publications.
Core coursework is minimal and includes cross-training in basic plant science, to ensure a solid foundation in plant responses to microbial interactions. Elective coursework, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisors, deepens expertise in areas related to the intended direction within plant microbial research.
The Plant Pathology program from University of Arizona prepares graduates for research and leadership careers in, for example, federal and state agencies involved in food safety, industry pursuits of crop improvement through microbiome manipulation, academic institutions with foci on basic and applied microbial sciences.
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- Advanced Plant Biology
- Principles of Plant Microbiology
- Directed Research
- Applied Biostatistics
- Spatio-Temporal Ecology
- Functional and Evolutionary Genomics
- Phylogenetic Biology
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- 60 months
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DisciplinesBiology Horticulture Plant & Crop Sciences View 25 other PhDs in Plant & Crop Sciences in United States
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- A letter describing the applicant’s background, previous experience, and research interests (Statement of Purpose). It is very important to contact potential mentors (faculty members in SPLS) before applying. In doing so, the applicant should ask whether the faculty member will take students on this admission cycle, and whether they have funding to support a student. Please indicate that you have contacted these faculty members, and indicate the nature of their responses, in your letter/statement of purpose. Applications will not be considered with priority unless it is made clear that the applicant has interacted by email with proposed faculty mentors.
- Three letters of recommendation
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- International students- Proof of English Proficiency
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International33600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
National33600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 33600 USD per year during 60 months.
In-State13400 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13400 USD per year during 60 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.