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Selection of Research Mentor

The mechanism of determining a student's research mentor varies among the IDPBS participants.  In Biology, the research mentor is selected during the application process by 1) identifying a potential mentor based on similarity of research interests, and 2) communicating with the faculty member to ascertain the availability of research opportunities.  The choice of the research mentor must be included in the Statement of Purpose of students interested in the Biology IDPBS program. Information about Biology's faculty research interests can be obtained at:

In Chemistry , research mentors are determined following the student's visitation and discussion with faculty during their first semester. Information about Chemistry's faculty research interests can be obtained at: In Biomedicine, the mentor is determined following rotation through faculty research labs during the student's first year in the program.   Information about the research interests of the faculty in Biomedicine can be obtained via the BSOM Departmental web site (see IDPBS Faculty Link).