Laboratory Rotations

Course Requirements

  1. Prepare a written summary of the aims of the rotation. Students will study original publications and discuss with the Professor in charge of the research unit to prepare the aims. The summary should be no more than one page including references and illustrations. The proposal should be submitted to the graduate school (web form). Due date is the last day of the first calendar month of term.
  2. Undertake the activities in the research unit to fulfill the aims of the rotation. The activities should be completed during the term of the rotation.
  3. Participate in research unit meetings and seminars during the rotation. The student is expected to attend and as appropriate, ask questions, and join discussions.
  4. Present the results of the rotation activity as an oral presentation to the laboratory members. One of the three rotations will be presented as an oral presentation to the entire class as a part of Professional Development.
  5. Submit a written report on the rotation (web form). It is understood that results cannot be expected in so short a time, but the background, including a short literature review, methods used, and activity carried out in the research unit should be described using the scientific language of the field. The report is due on the last day of the final month of term. 
  6. Each student will do a minimum of three laboratory rotations, one per term.

Selection of Rotations

All students will undertake at least three rotations. Assignment of rotations is made by the Graduate School, following information provided by the student in the Academic Plan. Final approval of the selection of rotations will be given by the Dean, taking into account the availability of supervision and the overall program of the student. At least one of the rotations shall be outside the specific field of the student’s academic background.

To be able to discuss the scientific questions addressed in the research unit using the appropriate scientific language of the field, and to be aware of and able to explain the methods used in the research unit. The experience gained in these lab rotations will guide the student in their later choice of thesis laboratory.
Course Type: 
Based on written report, participation in the laboratory, and oral presentation. The supervisor (Professor of the Unit) will report to the Dean on the student’s attendance and participation in the laboratory meetings.