Biomedical Graduate Studies offers incoming students the opportunity to come to campus early for a 12 week lab rotation in the summer. In 2013, the summer program will begin on June 3rd and run through August 23rd. (Fall 2013 orientation activities begin on August 26th).
This summer rotation option is particularly useful for students who have not yet had the opportunity to do extensive research, whose research interests are especially broad and varied, or who would simply like an early introduction to graduate school, Penn, and/or Philadelphia. It also provides students an opportunity to prepare for Fall coursework via the BGS Summer Preparation Workshop. Workshop participants meet one evening a week with 1-2 senior graduate students to begin learning material covered in the core course in cell biology and biochemistry (BIOM600) and to read primary literature. Students with weaker backgrounds in cell biology and biochemistry are strongly recommended to participate in the Workshop.
Summer rotation students will receive a stipend and can obtain student health insurance. They must agree to spend the entire 12 weeks on campus and to work full-time in the rotation lab.
Incoming students who wish to undertake a summer rotation must let BGS know their intention no later than April 19th. They should work with their graduate group chair or other faculty advisor to identify a lab rotation mentor by May 3.
(Please note that because BGS students are not formally registered during the summer, BGS cannot sign any loan deferment forms covering the summer months.)