Like all PhD programs, research is at the heart of the BME doctorate. All students accepted into the PhD program are fully supported for the duration of their research, with stipend and health insurance paid by the program or by the student’s research mentor. For admission into our program, there are two types of offers we make – rotation offers and direct-match offers – and the difference between them is only the process of choosing a thesis research lab before or during first year. In all other respects, the program is the same for all students. One type of offer isn’t better than the other – based on our experience, some students prefer the certainty of the direct-match offer, and some students prefer the flexibility of the rotation offer.
We have a limited number of offers via NIH-funded training grants that enable students to rotate through different laboratories in their first year. These students are able to rotate with any JHU faculty (inside or outside BME) who are accepting students. Typically, students do 1-3 rotations before settling on their thesis lab by the end of their first year (i.e. by the first anniversary of their matriculation).