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Timeline of your degree. This is a typical plan; there will be lots of variation across the different CMB tracks. Please see track specific requirement information below.



Choosing a research adviser and a thesis research project are some of the most significant decisions you will make in graduate school. First year lab rotations provide students the opportunity to explore different research interests and lab management styles prior to the selection of a Ph.D. supervisor. Students will have the opportunity to complete three rotations within the first academic year. You may do first year research rotations with any faculty member on the Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Microbiology Graduate Studies Committees.

To help make an informed decision about your lab rotations:

  • Attend seminars by faculty members.
  • Meet individually with faculty members.
  • Consult with other graduate students.
  • Complete three research rotations during the first year.

Rotation Schedule for 2018-2019 fiscal year

  • Early Rotation: June 1, 2018 - August 24, 2018
  • First Rotation: September 5, 2018 - November 9, 2018
  • Second Rotation: November 12, 2018 - February 1, 2019
  • Third Rotation: February 4, 2019 - April 26, 2019

Students join the laboratory of a Ph.D. mentor after 3 rotations (typically by May 10). From that point forward, the emphasis of the student’s training is on laboratory research rather than formal course work.