FAQ

  1. What is Bioinformatics?
    • According to most practitioners, Bioinformatics is considered to be a combination of Biology and Computer Science.
    • Bioinformatics.org has a great wiki dedicated this question.
    • Our homepage also has a good description.
  2. What jobs are available in Bioinformatics?
    • A lot! Take a look at our job bank for ideas on where to search.
  3. Test Scores:
    • Do I need to take a specialized GRE for admission?
      – No, only the general GRE transcript is needed.
    • For reporting GRE and TOEFL test scores, what are the UALR institution code and department codes?
      – The UALR code is 6368. No department code is necessary.
    • How old can GRE and TOEFL Test Scores be?
      – GRE and TOEFL test scores are good for five years.
    • What minimum TOEFL score do you require for international students?
      – The UALR Graduate School requires a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam. (see page 6 of the ETS TOEFL Score Comparison Table for other test forms)
    • What GRE scores are required for admission?
      – The Bioinformatics Graduate Program’s Student Admissions Committee had not established minimum GRE scores for admission to the program. All three scores are evaluated by the committee. The GRE Quantitative Score is especially important; most successful applicants score in the 700s (and some even have an 800 score). The Verbal and Analytical Writing Scores (and, for international students, the TOEFL) are important factors in determining future student success.
  4. Are you able to assess my qualifications for your graduate program if I send a CV?
    – We make admission decisions based on all the materials requested as part of the application packet, so it is not necessary to send a CV prior to applying (you may, however, include a CV with your application). Please note that the Bioinformatics Admissions Committee will not have access to any of your application materials until your application is complete at the UALR Graduate School; only then will they forward it on the Admissions Committee.
  5. Do letters of reference need to be in any particular format?
    – No. They need to address the applicant’s suitability for admission and prospects of success in graduate school
  6. Do students receive financial aid during their MS, or is it only during the PhD period?
    – Students who are admitted to the MS-only program are not eligible for graduate assistantships. Students who are admitted to the combined MS/PhD program are eligible for assistantships starting during their MS phase. Keep in mind that we admit many more students than we are able to supply financial assistance to.