Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (IDPBS)

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Selection of Research Mentor

In Biology, the research mentor is either selected during the application process by 1)  identifying a potential mentor based on similarity of research interests, and   communicating with the faculty member to ascertain the availability of research opportunities, or 2) by participating in a rotation through faculty labs during the student’s first two semesters in their program.  Applicants must indicate their preferred means of mentor selection in their Statement of Purpose. 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 at