Laboratory rotations are designed to provide incoming students with an opportunity to do research in prospective laboratories prior to selecting the one in which they do their thesis work. Incoming students are paired with faculty mentors that help guide the student through the rotation and lab placement process. Rotations provide first-year students, faculty, and other lab personnel a chance to get to know one another in terms of specific lab projects, scientific approaches and thinking, mentoring style, and lab atmosphere and dynamics. Joining a lab at the conclusion of rotations is a mutual decision between the student and the lab director.
Sometimes students know early on that the rotation is not going to work out. Ending rotations early and moving on is absolutely fine. Contact the MDTP coordinator with questions.
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