In order for new graduate students to choose a research area and thesis mentor, and expand their understanding of neuroscience techniques, all students are required to conduct laboratory rotations with approved NSGP Trainers. A lab rotation usually consists of a one-semester research project under the supervision of an NSGP Trainer. Students should rotate with Trainers who may be their thesis advisor, in order to get a sense of the lab environment, expectations and scientific approach. Students should contact possible rotation labs in the summer before the first year and rotations should be underway by the first semester of first year. Students are required to complete two lab rotations. A third rotation is sometimes undertaken during the summer after first year. The program also offers summer rotations for incoming students. All rotations must be approved in advance by the Neuroscience Graduate Program Director.
Students wishing to rotate in labs outside of the Neuroscience Graduate Program must contact the Program Director who will review the request in consultation with program leadership. Only faculty approved by the Neuroscience Graduate Program Steering Committee can serve as thesis advisors.