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Admissions Procedure

BIMS Application

BIMS is an interdisciplinary program that will permit degree selection and specialization after your first year.

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The Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC) Department is the home department for over sixty Ph.D. candidate and MSTP Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) graduate students. Our graduate students study under internationally-recognized scientists in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, biodefense, cell-signaling, and gene regulation.

When you pursue a graduate degree from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, your first year will be interdisciplinary and you will apply to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS).

What is BIMS?

The requirements for admission to the BIMS Graduate Programs are rigorous, as it is our goal to recruit the very best students who will go on to be leading scientists in academia, industry, and other areas. All applicants should have earned or should be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. Although strong weighting is given to a student’s grade point average, the most important criterion for admission is a student’s passion and commitment for research and aspiration for a professional career conducting pioneering biomedical research. Consequently admission is based on various criteria, including transcripts, prior research experience and letters of recommendation.

Amy E. Anderson
BIMS Administrator
McKim Hall 1131
Office: (434) 924-5611


BIMS Application

BIMS is an interdisciplinary program that will permit degree selection and specialization after your first year.

Apply Here

Microbiology Graduate Program

Once the student has identified their thesis lab in the February of their first year, they can elect to join the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology.

The diversity of our Department ensures that students in MIC are offered diverse, interdisciplinary training throughout their graduate career.  The wide variety of choices in laboratories and coursework, coupled with flexible departmental requirements, enables each student to design a custom-tailored training program that culminates in the awarding of the Ph.D. degree.

BIMS students who select primary or secondary MIC faculty for their theses mentors and choose to pursue their Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology have specific curriculum requirements. Details of the curriculum requirements and procedures for obtaining a Ph.D. in MIC are available on the following pages.
Questions about the MIC graduate program should be directed to:

Lucy F. Pemberton, PhDLucy F. Pemberton, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
West Complex, Center for Cell Signaling, Room 7201, 7thFloor

Tel: (434) 243-6737