Graduate Studies

Lab Rotations

Students rotate through two, three, or four laboratories during their first year in the Genetics Graduate Program. Rotations last one quarter each and are contingent upon the faculty member agreeing to the rotation request. All Genetics students must rotate in a laboratory of a Genetics faculty member (primary or secondary appointment) during the Fall quarter. Subsequent rotations may be done with any faculty member that is part of the Biosciences program.

Dissertation Research

The earliest time a student can select a laboratory for dissertation research is in the Spring Quarter after the second rotation is complete. Most students do a third rotation and select their dissertation research laboratory at the beginning of the Summer Quarter of the first year. Selection of the dissertation research laboratory must be done with the faculty member's approval. Prior to committing to a dissertation research laboratory, students are invited to discuss their selection with the Graduate Program Director. Once a student selects a permanent laboratory, s/he then begins the dissertation research that will last for approximately four years. Students who select a dissertation advisor who does not hold a primary or secondary appointment in Genetics must transfer out of the Genetics Graduate Program and into a program of which their dissertation advisor is a member. Rare exceptions may be made to this requirement at the discretion of the Genetics faculty.

Teaching Requirement

Neither the University nor the Department of Genetics has a formal teaching requirement. However, students are encouraged to serve as a teaching/course assistant for at least one quarter.

Students who want to pursue teaching opportunities are urged to do so in the second or third year of graduate study. A small amount of additional income is often (but not always) provided when a graduate student serves as a teaching assistant. Students who are interested in teaching should discuss options with their faculty advisor or the Graduate Program Director.

Supplementary Educational Activities

In addition to your courses, qualifying exams, and dissertation, the Genetics Department has arranged additional activities in which students should participate in order to broaden their educational experiences.

These regularly occurring meetings are:

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