Upon arrival, first year students participate in core courses and identify their first lab rotation. The program staff are available to discuss modifications to the core curriculum depending on the student’s background and goals. The student is expected to identify a PhD adviser over the course of up to three lab rotations during the first two semesters. Once settled, the student forms a Thesis or Dissertation Committee with the PhD adviser as Chair. This committee guides the student’s research and advises the student about additional course and professional development opportunities.