Lab Rotations Information
- Students will generally complete 3 lab rotations, each lasting approximately 10 weeks, before formally selecting a mentor. Students are expected to work at least 20 hrs a week in lab.
- Prior to each rotation, students must complete and submit the Lab Rotation Approval Form
- Rotations must be in the laboratory of a faculty member of the Vision Science Graduate Program.
- Rotations, which are classified as (VIS 798) non-dissertation research, will be letter graded.
- At the end of each rotation, the student will be required to submit a Student Evaluation on that rotation.
- The faculty members with whom a student completes rotations will also provide a brief written Faculty Evaluation of the student’s activity in the laboratory. The faculty member and the student should discuss the evaluation and a written copy should be given to the student and to the Program Manager.
Identification of a Mentor and Non-dissertation Research:
- In the late spring or early summer of the first year, students will select a mentor with whom they wish to carry out their dissertation research.
- If students are still undecided about what type of research they wish to pursue, they may request permission to do a fourth rotation.
- Students should discuss the possibility of training in a particular laboratory with the individual faculty member and then with the Program Manager/Director.
- Once a student has joined a laboratory, the student will register each semester for non-dissertation research until such time as they have been advanced to candidacy.
- The number of credit hours of research will be determined by the student’s course load and agreement between the student and the mentor about the goals for the student’s research in that semester.
- Non-dissertation research will be graded in the student's first year in the Vision Science Graduate Program, and will be assigned in the second and subsequent years until the student reaches candidacy status. Registration and grading for dissertation research is pass/fail.