Lab Rotations and Choice of a Thesis Lab
Each first-year student is expected to complete a series of three laboratory rotations; the student may choose the labs, subject to approval by laboratory directors. Each rotation involves two to three months of work. The first rotation usually runs from September through November, the second from December through February, and the third from March through May. In general, students are expected to spend about 15 hours weekly in laboratory work. We encourage students to discuss this expectation with the principal investigator before beginning the rotation. At the end of each rotation, the student should expect to give a presentation to the laboratory director and/or prepare a brief report summarizing experiments and results. By offering detailed exposure to procedures and techniques in three separate lab settings, these rotations provide the basis for choosing a thesis laboratory. Following the third rotation, a student selects a laboratory for thesis work and begins a research program there. The choice of thesis laboratory must be approved by the thesis advisor (who must have the funding, laboratory space and resources to support the research) and by the Director of Graduate Studies. Forms needed to affiliate with your new laboratory can be found here.