For new graduate students, the academic year begins with a Graduate Student Orientation Week designed to ease the transition to graduate study at Iowa State. This is a time to become acquainted with the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program and its members and to prepare for registration and the start of classes. In addition to participating in the BCB orientation events, international students also will take part in orientation activities offered by the International Student and Scholars Office. Students should refer to all schedules for information about Orientation activities.
New BCB students are admitted to the program in one of two categories:
First year students admitted to BCB for research exploration rotations
New students admitted into BCB are supported during the first year on a BCB research assistantship, or other Fellowships obtained for them by the BCB program. They spend the first year taking classes, doing research exploration rotations, and choosing a major and co-major professor. A temporary advisor helps new students arrange rotations and choose courses to fulfill the BCB program requirements. New students do not have a "home department" until after they complete their rotations and choose a major professor, usually by the end of their second semester on campus. The student's home department is the same as that of his/her major professor.
Current ISU students admitted to BCB as "transfers," "co-majors" or "concurrent degree candidates"
Students admitted to BCB as transfers from other ISU departments or programs, or as co-majors or concurrent degree candidates, are usually supported by their major professor and/or home department. They spend their first year as BCB majors initiating an interdisciplinary research project, taking classes, and choosing a co-major professor. The major professor helps the student choose courses to fulfill the BCB program requirements. The student's home department is the same as that of his/her major professor. In most cases, the sections of the BCB Graduate Handbook dealing with temporary advisors, research exploration rotations and choosing a major professor do not apply to these students.