Research Group Selection & Assignment

section II, article 3

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 Join a Group

Prior to research advisor selection, the Director of Graduate Studies is your primary academic advisor for questions and concerns, including about the rotation experience.

Finalizing Group Selection

You should indicate the group that they wish to join by emailing the Graduate Program Coordinator and copying the requested primary research mentor no earlier than the first day of the discernment period and no later than noon on December 1.

Group assignments are finalized after the Director of Graduate Studies has reviewed all placements with the 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.  

Post-Rotation Request to Change Groups

If a scholar is considering a change of group at any point in their career, they are encouraged to begin by discussing options with any member of the graduate admin team. To formally initiate a request to change groups, scholars must submit a petition.

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