All students must complete three twelve-week laboratory rotations. To ensure that students are exposed to different research projects, the IGG requires the students to rotate in three different IGG faculty members’ laboratories.
First year, fall semester - First Laboratory Rotation
First year, second semester - Second Laboratory Rotation
First year, summer through fall of the second year - Third Laboratory Rotation
Students are evaluated and graded on each rotation by the supervising faculty member. The dissertation laboratory is usually chosen from one of these rotation labs, although this is not required. All laboratory assignments must be approved in advance by the IGG chair. The students’ preliminary exams will be based on the projects they encounter in these laboratory rotations.