Advising and mentorship is an incredibly important part of our program. Since students rotate through labs the first semester, incoming students are advised upon admission and through the rotation process by a faculty trainer on the MDTP Steering Committee. Once a student is placed in a lab, the lab PI becomes the student’s academic advisor.
Ultimately, the thesis committee should have five faculty members, two of which should have appointments in either Bacteriology or Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Students are required to meet with their full committee annually and submit a report to the program office. See below for downloadable forms and description of committee meetings through a PhD career.
The faculty advisor and thesis committee are not only advising students on coursework and research; they also serve as mentors who foster students’ professional development. Connections with committee members and their labs allow students to grow their professional networks and expand students’ support structure outside the thesis lab.