In order to overcome the challenges of graduate school, TPS commits itself to a community of diversity and inclusivity.  Experiental opportunities among different faculty and labs , as well as faculty and peer support in presenting research and rotation talks familiarizes first year students is among one of the leading reasons TPS students and faculty views its self as a knowledge sharing supportive collective.

Finding the right lab is critical to success in graduate school.  A graduate advisor not only a mentor, but also a collaborator.  As such, it is more important to have an advisor that you can get along and communicate with, rather than finding a perfect project.  The best projects stem from these great working relationships, and TPS strives to facilitate its students to find the best lab for them.  

“It’s not just about the research, but the people that you will spend five years with. I like the flexibility of choosing.” Ade Adepoju (Ph.D. student, Biochemistry)

To achieve this first-year students, go through rotations. The first year in TPS is comprised of three or four, six-week rotations in which new students can get a feel for research in a lab and get to know a potential advisors’ style and lab culture.  Projects vary from new experiments to continuation of previous projects. 

Rotations provide students with opportunities to get hands-on experience with techniques or instruments they may not otherwise get in a single lab.  Projects vary from new experiments to continuation of previous projects.  Rotatiosn provide students with opportunities to get hands-on experience with techniques or instruments they may not otherwise get in a single lab.  Many students have incorporated skills learned during rotations into their dissertation projects. 


At the end of each rotation, students have an opportunity to present their work to peers.  These short talks give an opportunity to practice scientific communication in a low-pressure environment.  Preliminary or inconclusive, the research talks provide a great way to interact with the rest of the TPS community.