Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical Scientist Training Program

Finding a Thesis Advisor

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.


Current 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.