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Laboratory Rotations

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.


  1. First year, fall semester
  2. First year, second semester
  3. First year, summer into fall of the second year


  1. First year, summer
  2. Third year, fall semester
  3. Third year, spring semester

All laboratory assignments must be approved in advance by the IGG chair. While the first and second or first and third rotations may be in the same laboratory (with permission), the second and third rotations can never be in the same lab. The students’ preliminary exams will be based on the projects they encounter in these laboratory rotations. 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.