All basic science students participate in laboratory rotations during their first year. During each rotation, students work on a research project with the aim of learning laboratory skills and research approaches. Students are encouraged to use the rotations to acquire a variety of skills and to gain familiarity with a range of research areas, including areas that they may not have explored before.
The rotations also expose students to the culture and atmosphere in the different graduate programs and help students identify their thesis laboratory. In practice, students always do a rotation before making a final commitment to join a laboratory for their thesis.
Selecting Your Rotations
The Sackler School works with Student Advisors from each program to facilitate the rotation process. Rotation choices are posted online and students receive an email related to access to the information and deadlines for making rotation selections.
The school provides information on faculty who are interested in hosting rotations and on the likelihood that each laboratory will have positions for thesis students prior to each rotation. Students use this information to identify three labs in which they would like to rotate. Final assignments are made by the Student Advisor in conjunction with the deans.
Information about faculty research and an up to date listing of faculty publications is available on the Sackler website. Incoming students should use this information to identify faculty of interest. Students should also contact faculty to learn more about rotation projects after making a short list of options.