Policies, Procedures & Agreements

For Participating Faculty, Departments, Institutes

The ILS program allows first-year graduate students to sample laboratories that engage in Life Science research prior to choosing a thesis lab and graduate program. The participating units and faculty can be found elsewhere on this website. ILS students must perform 3 laboratory rotations and are encouraged but not required to perform their rotations across multiple units. At the end of the first enrolled semester, ILS students choose a thesis advisor and formally transfer into the graduate program with which the thesis advisor is affiliated.
This concept is simple, but making it work requires administrative agreements among the participating units. These pages describe some of these agreements.
Please note that all stated policies are subject to change.

In addition to the stipend agreement, Departments are expected to make financial contributions to the ILS program to help with recruiting expenses or for some special first year stipend situations.

For Graduate Students