Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical Scientist Training Program

Finding a Thesis Adviser

Finding a thesis adviser 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 adviser. 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 Advisers

There are many resources to help you find thesis advisers at Northwestern.