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Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science

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  • Course description
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree. This program, which emphasizes training for independent research, is aimed at development of competent scientists who have mastered one subject, have adequate knowledge of related subjects, and have demonstrated their ability to plan, undertake, complete, and interpret research. Most graduates of this program assume positions in universities, industry, or government. Some of the study requirements of the Ph.D. program follow:
    • Supervised by special committee of four professors selected by the candidate, at least one of whom must not be a member of the Department of Animal Science.
    • Requires one major and two minor subjects.
    • Requires minimum residence of six full terms. Transfer of residence credit may be allowed, but the candidate must spend at least two of the last four terms (ordinarily the last two) in consecutive session at Cornell. Most students who begin with baccalaureate degree take five to six years to complete requirements for the Ph.D.
    • A research thesis must be approved by all members of the special committee.
    • Examinations vary somewhat among fields but in all cases include oral Admission to Candidacy and final (thesis) examinations.
    • The candidate is expected, as part of training, to assist in teaching undergraduate courses.
    Special funding opportunity:
    Food Systems & Poverty Reduction PhD Traineeship Program - Students applying to our PhD program are eligible to compete for a prestigious Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) that has the theme of Food Systems and Poverty Reduction. This IGERT, managed by Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, provides 2 years of generous financial support to successful candidates and offers supplementary training for students in the first 1-2 years of their doctoral program. By undertaking supplementary coursework and participating in a unique 6 month field research experience in Africa, selected students learn to work as members of interdisciplinary teams and to integrate concepts and methods from across food system-related disciplines in both the natural and social sciences. This highly competitive, National Science Foundation program can only provide financial support to US citizens or permanent residents.

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