Trainer Responsibilities

The CMB Graduate Program represents a community of scholars who train highly qualified graduate students to conduct research within various disciplines under the umbrella of cellular and molecular biology. This collaborative effort enables the CMB Program to remain successful in its endeavors.

Faculty trainers are expected to be actively involved in the CMB Program. Faculty trainers should participate as a member on the various committees (Admissions, Advising and Orientation, Coordinating, Curriculum, Diversity, and/or Recruiting), serve as a member on Thesis Committees for students in the process of earning their PhDs, participate in the functions of the affiliated focus groups, and support program-sponsored activities such as seminars, retreats, and recruiting events.

Recruiting of Prospective Graduate Students:

  • Recruit new students during prospective recruiting weekends held in February of each year
  • Meet with visiting prospective students who have expressed an interest in the faculty trainer's research area
  • Participate in recruitment events, Friday focus group luncheon, and/or Saturday faculty trainer dinner
  • Periodically update website, research description, contact information, and focus group affiliation to adequately keep the CMB Program website and promotional materials up to date

Advising & Orientation: Faculty Trainer Talks and Lab Rotations

  • If a faculty trainer will be accepting new students in their lab, it is expected that they present a faculty trainer talk to new incoming CMB students during Advising and Orientation Week
  • Giving a talk implies that the professor has funding and space to accept a student(s) after fall lab rotations are completed
  • After the talks, first-year rotating students will make appointments with at least six faculty trainers in order to identify appropriate lab rotations
  • Faculty trainers may not make commitments to students as a Thesis Advisor until the last week of the third lab rotation


  • The University holds faculty and students to a high standard of integrity.