Lab Choice — What If I Make A Mistake?

In the choice of your rotation

If you would never consider joining your rotation lab and if you feel like you’re not getting anything out of the rotation, then you should begin setting up your next rotation, regardless of whether the quarter is over. Many students fear that leaving a rotation early is awkward, offensive or disappointing to the PI, but it is a normal part of the rotation process and the most important task for your first year is that you find a thesis lab. Many students will experience a rotation that is a poor match, and it is important to try to recognize this early and make steps to move on to the next rotation.

If you need advice about how to best approach conversations with your rotation advisor, consult your Home Program’s first-year advisor or graduate student advisor.

In the choice of your thesis lab

If you feel that the only way for you to be successful in graduate school is to change labs, or if you feel that you would truly flourish elsewhere, then apply yourself to figuring out what you need in a new lab and planning your exit.

Seek out counsel from your Program Director or Department Chair, first-year or graduate advisors, and any other mentors, including staff in the Office of Graduate Education.

Switching thesis labs is not that uncommon. Other students, including BioPeers mentors, have been in this position and can provide a listening ear, discussion, and advice.