Students can find list of faculty affiliated with each theme under the Faculty tab from which they can determine lab rotation selection. The student should approach the faculty member via email to set up a time to meet face-to-face to discuss doing a rotation in that lab. When a student secures a rotation, she/he needs to notify the program manager, as there is a form that needs to be sent to the rotation mentor and used for evaluation purposes.

Rotation Lab Selection
Students should choose their rotation labs in consultation with the theme director. To help students become familiar with faculty research interests, a faculty poster session will be held August 11. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to contact faculty to request a one-on-one meeting to learn more about faculty research interests (and their interest in taking rotation students). While rotations will typically occur with faculty in the student’s chosen theme, students are free to rotation with faculty in other themes and other research areas.

Rotation Waiver
  1. All incoming GBS students are expected to participate in and complete 3 rotations during the first year before choosing a mentor for their thesis work. Exceptions require theme director approval.
  2. The 3 rotation requirement can be satisfied with any 3 rotations, including a rotation scheduled during the summer before the first year (initiated by June 1) or the 3 rotations scheduled during the first year.
  3. In general, opting out of a rotation is discouraged. However, advanced students can be exempted for no more than 1 rotation, if they have extensive prior laborary experience that could be considered to be more extensive than a single GBS rotation. Prior experience that may be considered appropriate would include:
    • A Master's degree in a related scientific field (such as chemistry or biology)
    • Extensive undergraduate research that has (or will) result in authorship on a publication
    • Undergraduate research that resulted in graduation with honors for research (with a thesis defense)
    • At least 2 undergraduate summer research experiences offered by competitive summer undergraduate research programs
    • At least 1 year of undergraduate research that averaged at least 10 hours/week
  4. Petitions should be made following consultations between the student, the proposed mentor, and the relevenat theme director. If all parties agree to petition for the exemption, the petition, which would include all reasons why the student should be allowed to waive, can be sent, in an email, to the Associate Dean, Dr. David Schneider (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Selection of Dissertation Advisor
The choice of a dissertation advisor/mentor is one of the most important decisions you will make as a graduate student. Thus, you should keep this matter in mind as you choose laboratory rotations and participate in lecture and seminar activities throughout your first year in the program. First year students should select a dissertation mentor by June 1. Student should make this choice in consultation with appropriate faculty so that the student and faculty member can come to a mutually agreeable decision and arrangement. In special cases, students unprepared to make this choice may be allowed to complete an additional laboratory rotation during the summer term. Clearly, a fourth laboratory rotation should be elected only after careful consideration, since doing so could delay the student’s completion of the doctoral program. Your program manager should be advised of the student’s preference of dissertation advisor on the appropriate form.

Confirmation of Theme Affiliation
Students enter with a given theme affiliation but have the flexibility to rotate with any faculty with active GBS status and may change theme affiliation if their research training interests change. Alternatively, faculty outside of a given theme may elect to join additional themes if consistent with theme interests, wherein the student could retain their original theme affiliation. Additional first year theme-specific courses that may be required upon theme transfer can be completed in year 2 in fulfilment of advanced requirements. Communication among the student, selected mentor, and the original and new theme directors will be necessary to facilitate transfer among themes. All student should confirm their theme affiliation at the time of dissertation advisor selection.