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Research Advisor Committee

By the end of the first year of study, the student and an investigator, who must be a member of the graduate faculty, shall agree that research training will take place in that professor’s laboratory. This professor will become the student’s Research Advisor. The Research Advisor and the student share responsibility for seeing that an appropriate breadth and depth of scholarship is achieved by the student, and that a coherent body of research has been conducted, the culmination of which is exhibited in the thesis.       

Dr. Janice Walker and Sue Menko
Drs. Janice Walker & Sue Menko

In addition to intellectual resources, modern biomedical research generally requires the use of sophisticated and expensive instrumentation and supplies. Accordingly, faculty preceptors will normally be expected to have extramural, peer-reviewed funding for their research programs and available for training. This insures that the student has a training environment in which experimentation appropriate to the state of the field can be carried out, and that the mentor’s research program has been found meritorious and worthy of funding by experts in the field. Exceptions, most often in the case of newly recruited investigators establishing laboratories, will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Research for graduate credit is most often conducted in a basic science or clinical department of Thomas Jefferson University. However, under exceptional conditions the student may agree to do research with a graduate faculty member who is affiliated with another organized Jefferson research unit, the hospital, or an institution affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Research work conducted outside of Thomas Jefferson University or in affiliated institutions will be acceptable for graduate credit only by specially approved arrangement.