MCB students may join a permanent lab after 3 rotations. A fourth rotation is possible but must be approved by the MCB Directors. Most students select a lab after 3 rotations.

Selecting a thesis advisor is an important decision. Your thesis advisor will be the chair of your Supervisory Committee, and you will conduct research in your advisor’s lab for the next 4 to 5 years. Once you have agreed to join a lab, you, your faculty advisor and your faculty advisor’s Department Chair or Division Head must sign an MCB contract, stipulating financial support for you during your thesis research. Graduate students are also encouraged to find their own funding, either through training grants or fellowships (See: Current Student Resources).

After joining a permanent lab, you will form a thesis committee. The committee will help guide your graduate research, help you pass your General Exam, and provide feedback that will allow you to successfully defend your thesis. Detailed instructions can be found at Program Requirements -> Supervisory Committee.

A mentoring guide for students is available through the UW Graduate School: