First year students generally rotate through three labs (one during each quarter), with the option of a 4th rotation over Summer Quarter if need be. If you decide to do a 4th rotation, please check in with Brian Giebel (bgiebel [ a t ] uw.edu).
Please do not feel pressured to set up your lab rotations before you arrive. You are of course welcome to contact faculty ahead of time to discuss your mutual research interests and possible lab rotations, but in general, it's best to keep an open mind until you've had a chance to attend the department retreat and hear about everyone's research.
Please follow this link for a complete list of GS training faculty. Faculty members who are not on this list are not eligible to serve as thesis advisors for GS grads. You may, however, have outside faculty as members of your supervisory committee.
A list of potential faculty availability for rotations is posted here. This list is simply intended to provide a rough estimate of faculty rotation availability. Please use this as an estimate, rather than set-in-stone availability. Not all faculty have had a chance to provide availability information, so if you don't see someone on the list in whose lab you'd like to rotate, you are still welcome to check in with them.
When you begin a lab rotation, you should immediately meet with the faculty member to discuss expectations for your rotation. Be careful not to focus on other courses and neglect your lab rotation. This is an important part of your training and you will be expected to spend a significant amount of time in the lab and interact with other lab members as well as the PI. You should meet again with the PI after a few weeks, to be sure you are meeting expectations.
You will give a brief (10 minute) rotation research presentation each quarter. These will be scheduled as part of the Research Reports series during the last two weeks of the quarter. Please check the Research Reports schedule for your presentation date.
The open rotation / transfer policy gives you the flexibility to do your third rotation with a faculty member from any participating department (Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology). This policy also allows you to transfer to one of these programs if you find it to be a better match for your interests. Please note that this option is almost never used and is intended primarily to be an option for those who are interested in transferring to Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, or Pathology.