Research Rotations

The main purpose of research rotations is to allow students to investigate the science and culture of potential laboratories and thesis advisors for their subsequent thesis research.

Students in their first year must complete a minimum of three (3) research rotations in three (3) different laboratories. Rotations are evaluated in writing and graded by the program director as pass/fail. Success in a laboratory rotation is measured by motivation, curiosity, work ethic, lab citizenship, and knowledge gained.

Here are some external resources for students to consider during research rotations and before choosing a thesis advisor:

How to Pick a Graduate Advisor, by Ben A. Barres (print)

How to pick a Graduate Advisor, by Ben A. Barres (video)