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Laboratory Rotation Requirement

The key for every successful Ph.D. graduate is the relationship with the research advisor. To facilitate their learning about various research projects and lab environments, first-year Ph.D. students participate in laboratory rotation. Prior to the start of the academic year, the department arranges faculty presentations and provides project descriptions for lab rotations to introduce students to the active research in bioengineering. These presentations are typically given during departmental orientation, one week before classes begin. During the lab rotation periods, students are expected to learn key problems and experimental methods/options of the field related to the hosting lab. Students are expected to use the skills/knowledge acquired during the rotation (and potentially any data they collected) in the preparation of the Research Aptitude Examination. The students are expected to continue their advisor/lab search by meeting with faculty members, consulting with other graduate students, and reading up on the research. As a part of the BIOE 605: Bioengineering Graduate Studies I course credit, first-year students are required to attend the weekly Fischell Department of Bioengineering Seminar.

Below is an approximate timeline for lab rotation. Specific dates will be provided each academic year.

  • By the end of the first week of fall semester, students will be required to submit a ranked list of three labs in which they would like to rotate; based on these rankings, students will be assigned to their first lab rotation, beginning the second week of the semester and lasting six weeks.
  • Students will again be asked to submit a ranked list of three labs, and then assigned to their second lab rotation, beginning the seventh week of the semester and ending on the last day of fall classes.
  • Students will again be asked to submit a final ranked list of three labs, and then assigned to their lab rotation, beginning the first week of the spring semester and lasting six weeks.