A crucial responsibility for new graduate students is to choose a research area and a Thesis Advisor from our current Training Faculty. In order to acquire sufficient knowledge to make an informed thesis lab selection, students complete lab rotations. A lab rotation consists of a one-semester research project under the supervision of a Program faculty member. Lab rotations should be arranged and underway by the first semester of first year. Students are required to complete two lab rotations (and encouraged to do a third rotation during the summer following their first year). Students wishing to rotate in labs outside of the Neuroscience Graduate Program must submit their request in writing to the Program Director who will review the request in consultation with other faculty trainers. If appropriate, the faculty member can be added to the list of faculty trainers. Only faculty approved by the Neuroscience Graduate Program Steering Committee can serve as full time thesis advisors.