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Letter From Director

Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in graduate education at Ohio University and the Interdisciplinary Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I want to strongly encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible. The graduate committee will begin to review your application as soon as it is complete. Let me tell you a little about Ohio University and the Interdisciplinary Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am confident you will find that the educational and research experience here will meet your needs.

Ohio University was chartered in 1804 and opened its doors in 1808. Today, the university is a comprehensive, coeducational, state-assisted institution serving more than 28,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students on its main campus in Athens and its regional campuses. You will find the Athens campus has its own distinctive character, "looking like a college should look." The impressive natural beauty of Southeastern Ohio adds yet another dimension that you will enjoy. At the graduate level, Ohio University offers masters' and doctoral degrees in nearly all disciplines.

In 2010 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated Ohio University as a "Research University (high research activity)." This was a clear indication of the commitment of the faculty and administration to excellence in teaching and research, which you will find provides you with a top quality graduate education.

The Interdisciplinary Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology was formed more than 25 years ago and offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees through the cooperative efforts of four departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, and Environmental and Plant Biology, and the Colleges of Engineering and Health Sciences and Professions. This program was formed to prepare students like you for successful careers in academic instruction and research, as well as research and development in the biotechnology industry. Program faculty have advanced research facilities and a wide range of interests providing you with a broad range of intellectual and experimental approaches. All faculty are experienced in graduate education and are committed to providing you with individual attention. Program faculty teach the core curriculum in molecular and cellular biology, which will provide you with a firm grounding in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and modern techniques in molecular biology. If you are admitted, program support will help fund your research and will enable you to present your research at national meetings. The program will support you through either a teaching or research fellowship ($23,320 for Ph.D. students 2017-18) and you will receive a full tuition scholarship.


A member of the Association for Research Libraries, the Ohio University Libraries are central to learning, teaching, and research activities of students and faculty. The main library on the Athens campus is Alden Library, located on the College Green. The Libraries' collections include more than 3 million volumes; including more than 300,000 electronic resources, such as e–books, e–journals, databases, and image collections, all available via the Libraries' web site. Off-campus access is available to current students, faculty and staff. Students and faculty also have easy access to library materials from across the state through OhioLINK, a consortium of over 80 academic libraries that offer more than 46 million items for quick delivery. Through OCLC and other partners, materials from libraries around the world are also readily available through Interlibrary Loan.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, e-mail at is the quickest and easiest way for you to get your questions answered. If you would like to visit Ohio University, we would love to have you -- just contact us and we can set up a time for your visit. The instructions for applying are included on this Web site, just click the "Apply Now" tab at the left of any page. Remember the deadline for application is December 30 for fall semester enrollment.

Once again, thank you for considering Ohio University and the Interdisciplinary Program in Molecular Biology for your graduate education. Let me say once more that the faculty are committed to providing you with the best possible graduate education and are looking forward to having you join the program.


Sarah Wyatt, PhD
Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology
and Director, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in  Molecular and Cellular Biology
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701





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