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PhD Program Academic Calendar

2023-24 Academic Calendar

Our course work and rotation schedule allows predoctoral researchers to begin full-time research in their laboratory of choice, with no other course commitments, within one year of starting.

First-Year Predoctoral Researchers

Aug. 7-22, 2023 Orientation and pre-course(s)

Aug. 23 – Sept. 1 and Sept. 5-8, 2023

Module I: Genetics
Sept. 2023

Crossroads Research Conference at Stowers Institute

Sept. 11-22, 2023Module II (Gene Expression: Transcription to Translation)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 6, 2023Module III (Genomic and Computational Approaches…)
Oct. 10-20, 2023Module IV (Cell Biology)
Oct. 23 – Nov. 3, 2023Module V (Cell Dynamics, Stem Cells, Developmental Bio)
Nov. 6-9 and 13-17, 2023Module VI (Neuroscience)
Nov. 20-24, 2023Thanksgiving holiday
Nov. 27 – Dec. 8, 2023Module VII (Evolution and Model Systems)

Dec. 11 – Dec. 29, 2023

Winter break

Jan. 2 – Feb. 23, 2024

Laboratory Rotation I

Feb. 26 – Apr. 19, 2024

Laboratory Rotation II

Apr. 22 – June 14, 2024

Laboratory Rotation III
Jan. 2 – June 14, 2024Scientific Communication

June 17, 2024

Thesis Laboratory research begins

Second-and Subsequent-Year Predoctoral Researchers

Thesis Laboratory research continues

Aug. 14 – Dec. 29, 2023Fall term (20 weeks)

Jan. 2 – June 14, 2024

Spring term (24 weeks)

June 17 – Aug. 9, 2024

Summer term (8 weeks)                       

Stowers Holidays

Sept. 4, 2023                Labor Day
Oct. 9, 2023Indigenous Peoples’ and Columbus Day
Nov. 10, 2023Veterans Day
Nov. 23-24, 2023Thanksgiving
Dec. 22, 25 & 26, 2023Christmas
Jan. 1, 2024New Year’s Day
Jan. 15, 2024Martin Luther King Day
Feb. 19, 2024Presidents Day
May 27, 2024Memorial Day
June 19, 2024Juneteenth
July 4, 2024Independence Day

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