The Institute holistically prepares its students to meet the challenges and needs of the society. Learning is not only confined inside the four corners of the classroom; the Institute ensures that students experience an authentic learning experience by having field works in higher Biology courses, as well as giving the students the freedom to conduct their own research and experiments in their thesis work.
Step 1. Upon completion of all course work, the student may enroll in the first 3 units of the M.S. thesis course (Bio 300 – 3 units) OR the first 3 units of the Ph.D. thesis course (Bio 400 – 3 units)
Step 2. Student requests for approval of thesis/dissertation topic and submits the following to the admin office: (a) Cover letter with the thesis title, date of proposal defense, and name of adviser (including co-adviser who is outside of IB, if any) addressed to the IB Director AND (b) one (1) page capsule proposal. The admin office will have the graduate committee approve the student’s thesis/dissertation title, adviser (including co-adviser), and capsule thesis proposal. Graduate committee will also recommend one (1) reader for MS students AND two (2) readers for PhD Students (unless he/she already has a co-adviser). (This may take ~2-3 days)
Step 3. The student submits a full thesis/dissertation proposal (endorsed by the Adviser) to the reader(s) at least two (2) weeks before the date of the proposal defense AND schedules the date for the proposal defense, as endorsed by the Adviser and Reader (with at least one working week to post the announcement)
Step 4. The student defends his/her proposal. (The adviser will submit a certificate to the admin office that the student has successfully defended his/her thesis)
Upon completion of the dissertation proposal defense, the PhD student must schedule a Colloquium and present at least 1 month before the dissertation defense.
Step 1. Upon completion of thesis proposal defense, student may enroll in the last 3 units of the M.S. thesis course (Bio 300 – 3 units) OR the last 3 units of the Ph.D. thesis course (Bio 400 – 3 units = must complete 12 units in total)
Step 2. Upon submission of manuscript with endorsement from the Adviser and Reader, student requests for appointment of examiners (2) by submitting (a) a cover letter with the thesis title addressed to the IB Director, endorsed by the adviser and reader (including co-adviser who is outside of IB, if any), AND (b) one (1) page thesis abstract. The admin office will have a referendum circulated to the graduate committee. (This may take about a week)
Step 3. The student schedules the date of the defense with the thesis panel and submits a full thesis/dissertation manuscript to the examiners at least one month before the scheduled defense.
Step 4. The student must confirm the date of the defense to the admin office at least 3 weeks before the date of the defense. [There must be at least two working weeks posting of announcement]
Step 5. The student will defend his/her thesis/dissertation.
Step 6. The student submits a final thesis/dissertation manuscript and CD copy to IB and CS upon endorsement/signing of the Thesis Adviser and Reader for signature and binding.