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Selecting your Thesis Research Mentor

Research Rotation and Thesis Advisor Selection for Basic & Biomedical Sciences Umbrella Programs

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Research Rotations are an integral part of the Basic & Biomedical Sciences academic program.

The academic year has five rotation sessions of 8-12 weeks each: two in the fall semester, two in the spring semester and one in the summer semester. See academic calendar for exact start and end dates.

Students spend the first three sessions in three different rotations. After the third session, the student has the opportunity to select a thesis advisor or do an additional rotation.  

Tips for Finding Research Rotations

  • Search the Rotation Finder Tool. Faculty listed have self-identified as having rotation opportunities and thesis funding available.
  • View the Virtual Faculty Poster Session website to view posters from the September 2020 sessions.
  • Having tentatively identified a potential rotation/thesis advisor and after reading some of their publications, ask to meet with them to discuss thesis research opportunities. When you meet, be prepared to discuss their science, the science you have undertaken thus far and the courses you have taken. Ask them if they can or would support you in thesis research if your rotation works out well.
  • Speak with other students in the faculty member's team to understand more about the research environment you would be immersed in for the next several years.
  • Remember that the Graduate Program Directors are available to advise you about rotation and thesis mentors.


Students must initiate a Research Rotation Agreement for each lab rotation. The agreement automatically circulates to all required signers after the student completes their portion. It is due within 2 weeks of the rotation start date.

Students must initiate a Thesis Advisor and Department Financial Agreement once a Thesis Advisor has been selected. The agreement automatically circulates to all required signers after the student completes their portion.