Students begin research rotations in the labs of their choice during their first year at the University of Michigan. At least two rotations of 3-4 months each allow students to explore different aspects of cellular and molecular biology, and to familiarize themselves with the research environments provided by potential Ph.D. mentors. Over one hundred CMB faculty members from multiple departments at the University, representing both basic and clinical sciences, offer a wide range of research opportunities for CMB students. In addition to frequent personal discussions, students meet and familiarize themselves with the diverse faculty and their research during the annual CMB Symposium and Poster Session; and during regularly scheduled meetings of faculty and students for seminar presentations and informal lunches. In this way, the community of CMB students and faculty provides a key element in fostering interdisciplinary research and productive collaborations. All CMB students take formal graduate level courses in biochemistry, molecular genetics, and cell biology. A wide choice of elective courses offered throughout the University is used to tailor each student's training to individual research interests. One course offered specifically for all CMB students is a weekly session in which CMB students present formal research and literature seminars. These seminar interactions, like the many other scientific and social events sponsored by the CMB Program, establish a sense of community among faculty and students. The interdisciplinary aspect of CMB is also highlighted in a series of "short courses" on high-profile topics of current interest selected by students. Students typically initiate their dissertation research by the second year and form a dissertation committee, composed of the mentor and four additional faculty. Interaction with and advice from thesis committee members occur both informally and at regular formal meetings.
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