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CMB 8100

Research Rotation in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

Credits: 4 credits

Grading: A-F.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CMB Graduate Program

Course Coordinator: Director of Graduate Studies;  individual faculty serve as research advisors based on student interest. 

Course Description:  This course is a laboratory experience mentored by CMB faculty.  Students will learn laboratory techniques and research problems specific to the mentor’s area of interest. Research rotations last 8 weeks.  The rotations are not tied to the semester calendar.  Ideally, the first rotation will begin the first week of September and end the first week of November.  The second rotation will begin the second week of November and end the last week of December.  The third rotation will begin the first week of January.  Grading will be tied to first and second semesters as rotations will not be completed until the second semester. 

Statement of Objectives: The purpose of the laboratory rotations is to enhance laboratory and communication skills, provide experience in a variety of disciplines, increase student familiarity with departmental personnel, and promote cohesion between graduate students in the program.  It is expected that during the research rotations students will identify an advisor for their Ph.D. program.

Course Assignments: Students are expected to spend a minimum of 15 hrs. /week working on their rotation project in the mentor’s laboratory.

Evaluation Procedures: Following each research rotation, students are required to present a short research talk (15-20 min.) about their research project.  This should include the necessary background information to understand the research problem, an overview of the rotation project, results obtained by the student, and a discussion of future directions or implication of the proposed project.  Rotation talks will be presented within the CMB seminar series (CMB 8550).  Following the rotation talks, the rotation advisor is required to provide the DGS a written evaluation of the student’s performance during the rotation.  In addition, students are required to provide a written evaluation of the rotation experience to the DGS.

Text and Reference Materials: Selected readings as determined by the instructors.

Supplementary Information: Each CMB student enrolled in a Ph.D. program is required to complete three laboratory rotations during their first year in the program.  The DGS will be responsible for assisting students with finding rotation advisors.  If necessary and as determined by the DGS and PAC, a student may complete a fourth rotation, to be completed by the end of the Spring semester.

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.

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