KGI currently offers a PhD in Applied Life Sciences. Prior to 2014 KGI also offered a closely related PhD in Computational and Systems Biology. Beginning in 2014 this program was merged into the PhD in Applied Life Scienes. Through the Spring of 2015 eleven students have graduated from KGI's PhD programs. The ethnicity of these graduates was four non-resident aliens, two Asians, and five whites. Six students took 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, and 16 terms, respectively to complete their PhD and five students completed their PhD in 8 terms. Our graduation rate has been 100% since 2010, meaning that all students that have enrolled have graduated or are still in the program.
The table below shows the outcomes for KGI's PhD program that was reviewed in 2013 and will be reviewed again in seven years. The assessment tools involve the use of a rubric, which is a sort of "score sheet" that is used to measure how well the program ensures that the learning outcomes are met.
Alignment of learning outcomes, evidence and assessment tools
|Learning Outcome||Evidence||Assessment Tool|
|Prowess in research methods||Research seminar presentation, PhD thesis defense||Content rubric|
|Ability to conduct relevant scientific research||Qualifying exam (Comp Bio PhD), research proposal (MBS-PhD), publications, dissertation||Content rubric, written comments from committee, peer review publication process|
|Effective communication skills||Research seminar presentations, publications||Presentation rubric, writing rubric, peer review publication process|
|Knowledge of scientific fields||Journal club presentation, research report||Content rubric|
Rubric-based Evidence of Student Learning
Legend: PhDL01 = Prowess in research methods; PhDLO2 = Ability to conduct relevant scientific research;PhDLO3 Effective communication skills; PhDLO4 = Knowledge of scientific fields. Data was gathered from 2006-2013.
|Average Publications per student||Median Journal Impact Factor||Median citations per Publication*||Number of publications in pipeline**|
|Current students (close to graduating)||1.3||3.9||1.5||3|
* For graduated students the range in dates published in 7 years; it is less for current students;
** Manuscripts submitted, reviewed and in preparation
|Type of Organization / Role||Frequency||Comments|
|Industry (scientist)||3||Bioprocessing, bioinformatics, systems engineer|
|Industry (non-science)||1||Project manager|
|Government||3||Two SMART scholars sponsored by govt; one at Lawrence Livermore, the other at DTRA; patent examiner at USTPO|
|Academia (postdoc)||2||Michigan State and KGI|
|Academia (technical staff)||2||Both software engineers, at Caltech and Stanford|
|Other||1||Pharmacy (has a previous degree in the field)|