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PhD Curriculum


Academic forms for the graduate school need to be filled out to track student progress including for rotations, the prepositional/oral exam, committee meetings, travel, thesis defense and graduation.

Rotation Schedule:

Students are required to perform three laboratory rotations as part of their graduate education: two rotations of 8 weeks each during the Fall semester, and a third during the first 8 weeks of the Spring semester.  The laboratory in which the student's research is to be done should generally be chosen at the end of the third rotation.  Thesis research will begin at this time.  A fourth rotation may be taken by students who have not found a permanent lab after the first three rotations.

Each rotation counts as 2 course credits towards the PhD, with a maximum of 6 credits allowed. The fourth rotation will not substitute for additional course credits.

Scheduling Rotations:

The student is expected to contact and discuss the possibility of Doctoral research with potential faculty mentors.  The Lab Rotation Committee will help guide the student upon completion of a lab Rotation Form.

A student may not rotate in the same lab twice.

Rotation Reports Required:

A one page summary of the work done in each rotation is prepared by the student, and signed by the mentor.  Copies are provided to the office of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  This summary should include the name of the lab, the dates of the rotation, the objectives of the work, the nature of the student's participation, and the results.  An appraisal of the student’s abilities and performance in the laboratory is indicated by the faculty member.

Selection of Research Advisor:

The student is expected to select a mentor for his/her thesis research during the course of the lab rotations in the first year.  Full time research on the student's project should begin during the summer following completion of the first year, leading up to the propositional/oral exam sometime before the end of the second year (as discussed previously).