Research Group Selection & Assignment

Your research group will comprise a large part of your network at Emory. Other important professional relationships – whether with student organizations, rotation advisors, committee members, and beyond – will also have an impact. Thinking of the entire “network” you are seeking to build can help with your group decision.

Advising Before You Choose a Group

Prior to research advisor selection, scholars should consider the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Coordinator as primary contacts for questions and concerns, including about the rotation experience. 

Finalizing Group Selection

Scholars should indicate the group that they wish to join by emailing the Graduate Program Coordinator and copying the requested advisor no earlier than the first day of the discernment period and no later than noon on October 30.

The Director of Graduate Studies will finalize group assignments in consultation with faculty. The DGS will work with scholars who do not “match” to facilitate additional discussions with faculty so that the scholar may seek an alternate group placement or an additional rotation assignment.

Options for Scholars Who Do Not Match with a Group

Faculty may accept a scholar seeking a fourth rotation either as a rotator or as a lab member, even if the scholar has not yet rotated with their group. Scholars who do not secure an additional rotation or lab placement OR who are not offered a lab placement following the completion of an additional rotation will be asked to leave the program by the end of the Spring semester.