Our Lab Rotation Program allows first year graduate students (G1s) to experience the science and environment of our CCB laboratories. The program also exposes our students to the interrelated, multidisciplinary research our faculty pursue and encourages them to investigate beyond the borders of their chosen field. 

Lab Rotation Policies for G1s

  • G1s are required to participate in three virtual 5-week rotations in the fall and two in-person (COVID dependent) 4-week rotations in the spring. Students are encouraged to conduct additional rotations if necessary.
  • Each student is assigned a graduate student or postdoctoral mentor for guidance and advice on lab practices and policies.
  • In the third rotation, students may choose to rotate with a professor in a department outside CCB with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies; to do so, contact the outside faculty member directly to discuss your possible rotation.
  • Students must wait for the group joining deadline, March 29th, before officially joining a group.
  • All students should enter a research group by June 30th of their first year.
  • The faculty head of the chosen group serves as the student’s advisor.

If, after you join a research group, you find that another area of research more closely matches your interests, consult the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Ted Betley, or Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Joe Lavin

2020 Rotation Schedule

First Lab Rotation: August 31 – October 2

Second Lab Rotation: October 5 – November 6

Third Lab Rotation: November 9 – December 4

Fourth Rotation December 7– January 15

Fifth Rotation January 18 – February 19

Sixth Rotation February 22 – March 26


Questions? Please contact Kathy Oakley