After the Admissions Committee reviews applications in the fall, a small number of highly qualified applicants who are not invited for interviews are placed on a Direct Admit List. Direct Admit students are accepted to the CMB Program under the sponsorship of a CMB faculty trainer who has agreed to provide full financial support at the CMB stipend rate for the duration of their PhD studies. MSTP (MD/PhD) students are considered direct admit students. Direct Admit students do not participate in fall lab rotations but are strongly encouraged to participate in all CMB programmatic activities and events. Direct Admit students will follow the timeline for progress towards the PhD and course requirements as outlined for all other CMB students. Direct Admit students will work with their Thesis Advisor’s home department on all other details such as 990 research credits, payroll, tuition remission, and health insurance benefits. Direct Admit students will receive the current CMB stipend rate through the Thesis Advisor’s home department.
If a Direct Admit student must switch labs, the Thesis Advisor is responsible for financially supporting the student for a one month rotation period in another lab.