How to Apply

Institute of Biological Chemistry (IBC) faculty are engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary research activities. They are affiliated with multiple departments and programs on campus. Graduate students working in IBC laboratories therefore come from many different graduate programs on campus.

To join the IBC, it is recommended that prospective graduate students apply through the website of WSU’s Graduate School.  When you apply, please note in your Statement of Purpose that you would like to be considered by the IBC and also indicate any IBC faculty whose research areas might interest you. We encourage you to contact your core IBC faculty of interest regarding potential openings in their laboratory. Not all faculty accept students every year.

IBC graduate students earn PhDs in Molecular Plant Sciences, Molecular Biosciences, or Chemistry of Biological Systems (Chemistry). For new students, the specific requirements for each program may be accessed at the following links:

Graduate Program in Molecular Plant Sciences

Graduate Program in School of Molecular Biosciences

Graduate Program in Chemistry

Also of interest:

Graduate Program in School of Biological Sciences

Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Students in the IBC are fully funded, but there are also opportunities to pursue outside support. Award of a fellowship or scholarship in recognition of outstanding performance can be an attractive addition to a resume, and in some cases the stipend may be slightly larger. Fellowship and scholarship opportunities may be found at the Graduate School Funding website.