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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 2019-2020 fiscal year

  • Early Rotation: June 3, 2019 - August 23, 2019
  • First Rotation: September 3, 2019 - November 8, 2019
  • Second Rotation: November 11, 2019 - February 3, 2020
  • Third Rotation: February 3, 2020 - April 24, 2020

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.