The wealth of opportunities available to trainees can be explored during the first year through a series of three research rotations.  These involve carrying out a research project in the chosen lab and usually giving a lab presentation. 

Fall rotation:  September – December
Winter rotation:  January – March
Spring rotation:   April – June


First year trainees choose their rotations following faculty presentations and talks at the annual retreat.  Rotations may be in the laboratories of Training Faculty members, or can be done in any lab outside the training faculty.  If a student wishes to do more than one outside rotation, or to do their doctoral research in a lab other than that of training faculty, consultation with the Training Committee is required.  Following the third rotation, trainees will enter a lab by mutual agreement with the mentor to begin their thesis research at the end of June or early July.