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PhD Curriculum

Rotations

Please note that 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.  For academic forms, click here.

Rotation Schedule:

Students are required to do 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.

Setting up Rotations:

It is the responsibility of the student to talk with faculty to arrange rotations, with the help of members of the Laboratory Rotation Committee. Selection of rotations must be reported to a member of the Lab Rotation Committee, and a Lab Rotation Form completed. Generally the choice of the next rotation should be made about two weeks before the present one ends.

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 to be prepared, and copies submitted to the head of the laboratory in which the work was done, and 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.

Selection of Research Advisor:

It is intended that a student will 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.  If the student’s advisor is a member of MGMI, the student can chose to enter the MGMI program at the beginning of the second year.