|All PhD students
and any MS students who intend to do a research-based Thesis
Master's degree must take part in research rotations during
their first year of study to familiarize themselves with
the research efforts in faculty laboratories.
The academic year is divided into three rotation periods
which begin in Mid-September, Early January and Mid-March.
During each rotation, students are assigned short research
projects to pursue, often in collaboration with another graduate
student or postdoctoral fellow.
Students present 10 minute summaries of the results of their
research at the end of the rotation. Faculty mentors and
other first-year students are encouraged to attend these
What is the Purpose of Rotations?
Rotations provide an opportunity for students to assess faculty
mentors and vice versa, while exposing students to new
approaches to research. By actually becoming engaged in
research under faculty direction, the student can make
a better informed choice of laboratory for PhD and research-based
Rules for Rotations
At least two rotations must be completed with members of
the student's PhD or research-based Master’s program.
Students with an earned MS degree are required to complete
only two rotations.