Rotations and Selecting a Major Professor



Students entering the IPB program directly are asked to complete a series of research rotations with faculty members of their choice. It is suggested that students complete at least three rotations during the first two semesters. The rotations are usually approximately six to eight weeks in length. These rotations are designed to familiarize the student with the type of research done in the labs as well as to acquaint themselves with the professor and other members of the lab. The student is responsible for contacting professors for scheduling potential rotations. It is important to choose laboratories conducting research that interests you and that will be able to accept you in to the lab if you choose to stay. Students should not make a decision on their choice of advisers until all three rotations have been completed.  

There are 42 faculty members in IPB representing eight departments (Agronomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Genetics Development & Cell Biology, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology). For detailed information about the faculty visit the IPB faculty page.

Selecting a Major Professor

Following the completion of the research rotations, you should ask the faculty member with whom you would like to work whether he or she can accept you into his or her laboratory and arrange for your future financial support. Once an agreement is made, you must fill out the form "Request to Establish a Home Department for Students Admitted to Interdepartmental Majors". This arrangement must be made no later than the first week of May. In the case that no suitable match is attained after 3 rotations, you may conduct an optional 4th rotation. At the same time please contact your Temporary Faculty Mentor or IPB Program Chair for advice.