Finding a thesis advisor can be a daunting task. Northwestern MSTP has developed many resources, events, and advising programs to aid current students in this process.
TimelineCurrent students are expected to complete three 4-week rotations before choosing their thesis advisor. Most students complete their first rotation in the summer before starting the first year of medical school and then complete two more during the summer between the first and second year of medical school. Students choose their mentors during the second year of medical school and begin planning their transition into lab.
Finding Potential Advisors
There are many resources to help you find thesis advisors at Northwestern.
- A list of Current MD/PhD Thesis Advisors is available under Advisory Staff- Current MD/PhD thesis advisors have a strong record in training MD/PhD students and are a great place to begin your search.
- M1 Year Blitz Talk Events- Blitz talks are organized by Student Council to expose new students to as many Northwestern scientists as possible.
- Contact the MSTP Leadership - The MSTP leadership has years of experience in advising current students on making this decision.
- Student Council Events, MSTP Retreat, and many other opportunities to meet Northwestern Scientists!