Your first year lab rotations:
Lab rotations provide an opportunity for you to explore possible PhD dissertation research during year one of the program. Your goal for lab rotations is to determine a permanent lab/advisor no later than August 1 of the following summer (earlier is preferred).
The exact timing of your rotations are flexible and can be revised according to your rotation faculty. You should typically plan on at least 3 rotations, Fall=August 16 through December 31/Spring=January 1 through May 15/Summer=May 16 through August 15, with exceptions made for special circumstances, i.e. if a student is struggling to find a lab it is possible to extend to a 4th rotation if necessary – this is by permission only from the DGS.
To arrange for lab rotations, it is up to you to contact the faculty member directly and discuss possible research projects. You should plan to make this communication at least 3-4 weeks prior to the rotation beginning. We encourage you to contact more than one faculty since many times your first choice is not available. For each lab rotation you are required to inform the DGS/GFA of your lab chose.
By the end of the third semester rotation (summer), you should have discussed with your rotation faculty about the possibility of joining the lab for your dissertation research. Once this has been determined and you have been accepted into the lab, you must inform the DGS/GFA of your permanent research lab choice and we will confirm with the faculty member with details. Or if you need an additional 4th rotation you are expected to discuss this with the DGS.