The policies on rotations will be similar to those of the Genetics Program. Specifically, all students will be required to rotate among three laboratories during their first year in graduate school. The choice of laboratories will be determined by the student in consultation with the Graduate Affairs Committee and is subject to approval by the head of the laboratory. Students will sign up for research credit each semester. For example, first year students will enroll in research rotations for either 4 or 5 semester hours. It is expected that students will devote a significant portion of their time to their rotation research. For Computational Genetics students, at least one rotation must be done in a "wet" lab.

Choosing a Mentor/Co-mentor

Genetics students normally identify a thesis mentor upon completion of the third rotation, at which time the research sponsor will assume responsibility for the student's stipend support. For students in the Computational Genetics track, both a mentor and co-mentor will be chosen representing the computational and biological aspects of the research project. The dual mentor system is meant to formally tie together the experimental and computational aspects of the Ph.D. thesis project.