Your choice of a thesis lab is the most important choice you will make in graduate school. Given this, it is essential that you think carefully about selecting your rotation labs. Many students approach this critical task by merely browsing lab websites. This is not sufficient; it is important to read the literature from the labs you are considering, get input about the personality of the faculty member, find out about the lab environment, and talk to others.
To aid you in the process of choosing your rotation labs, we have created step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process. We're giving you this information and recommending that you take these steps as early as possible to help you make a smoother transition and get off to a better, faster start in graduate school.
The list below is focused on finding the right scientific match. But before that, let's consider the bigger picture.
Students have different needs and interests in terms of mentoring, lab environment, and research project, but every student should go three-for-three in choosing her or his thesis lab: