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Research Opportunities for Students

A.  First-Year Graduate Students

Core V Laboratory Experience (FALL semester) 

The Core V course serves to expose entering students to selected GSBS laboratory environments and to faculty who are available to engage students in research opportunities.  The Core V experience should also introduce students to new techniques and concepts. The number and duration of laboratory experiences is determined by student preparation and anticipated PhD concentration, under the advisement of the Core V course directors.

Laboratory Rotations (SPRING semester, SUMMER semester for MD/PhD students)

Laboratory rotations are designed to familiarize students with the creative aspects of experimental design while utilizing and applying new techniques and concepts.  Success of laboratory rotations helps inform the process of selecting the PhD concentration and faculty research mentor.  The number of rotations expected is prescribed by the guidelines within each PhD concentration.  Typically, PhD students perform two or three, 6- to 8-week laboratory rotations prior to determining a research mentor and PhD concentration.


B.  Undergraduate Students

Students enrolled in college or university bachelor degree programs may find short-term or extended opportunities for research training and mentorship through several available options:

  • Summer Internship: SABR (a TTUHSC program),
  • Summer and/or Year-round Opportunities: URS, CISER (TTU programs), or
  • Directly through TTUHSC: as an employee or volunteer


C.  Identifying a Faculty Research Mentor

Demonstrating individual initiative is an important aspect of professional development in graduate education and beyond. Thus, all students are encouraged to contact faculty members directly regarding available research opportunities in their laboratories.   Although personal contact may occur at any point in the information-seeking process, it is important to keep in mind that prospective students or program and job applicants who are well-prepared for the discussion are the ones most likely considered. 

Importantly, students should take note of how likely the faculty members are to accept students into their laboratories, based on the availability of space and/or funding—or whether the experience is available for educational purposes only. For a current list of faculty members that are currently accepting students please click here.