Laboratory Rotations


Course Requirements

Research unit participation:

Minimum of 10 hours per week (recommended 20 hours per week given student full-time study requirements)
Active participation in lab activities, including meetings, online communications and discussions, seminars, etc., as defined by the lab rotation supervisor.

Lab rotation proposal (due by the end of the first calendar month of the rotation)

In discussion with the lab rotation supervisor, prepare a 1-2 page written summary of the aims of the rotation.  Must be referenced against recent research publications in the field.  May include illustrations.

Oral presentation (due by the end date of the rotation)

Present the results of the lab rotation in a 10-15 minute presentation to the unit members.

Lab rotation report (due by the end date of the rotation)

Submit for assessment a 1-5 page written report on the rotation including a concise literature review, methods used, and activity carried out in the research unit, using the scientific language of the field.  When possible and applicable, research results should also be included.


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 gain knowledge of the scientific questions addressed in the research unit. At the end of the rotation, students will be able to discuss these questions using the appropriate terminology of the field, and be familiar with, and able to explain, methods used in the research unit.
Course Type: 
Pass or Fail basis, on satisfactory completion of all 4 mandatory elements: Attendance and research unit participation (minimum 10 hours per week) • Lab rotation proposal • Oral presentation • Submission of lab rotation report