Laboratory Rotations and Dissertation Research

Laboratory Research PhotoNew graduate students rotate through four different research laboratories during their first academic year. The purpose of these rotations is to acquaint students with a variety of research techniques and to allow them to select an advisor for their dissertation research. By the end of the second year, the typical student will have passed the qualifying examination and made a good start on his or her thesis project. Subsequent years will then be devoted to the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments that will constitute the student's PhD dissertation.