Trainers are expected to be actively involved in the Graduate Program which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Recruiting applicants in the spring semester each year
  • Meeting with/interviewing prospective students that are interested in their labs or research areas
  • Participating in recruitment activities

Fall Orientation and Rotations

If a trainer is looking to accept a student(s), it is expected that he/she, or someone from his/her lab, will participate in the CMP Research Retreat and/or CMP new student orientation to present information regarding their lab.

Other Responsibilities

  • Keep biosketches and CMP website updated with most current trainer information to better help students when determining lab rotations.
  • Participate in Graduate Program committees if asked to do so by the Chair of the CMP Graduate Program.
  • Actively participate in focus group events held by the focus group leaders.
  • Serve on advisory committees for their own and other CMP students.

Trainer Reviews

Every three years, the CMP Steering Committee will review trainers' involvement in the program. Trainers will be asked to submit information regarding their participation in the Graduate Program. Trainers will be reviewed based on, but not limited to, their involvement in recruitment, orientation, student training, and committee membership.

If the CMP Steering Committee determines that the trainer is unsuitable for the Graduate Program, the trainer will receive a letter from the CMP program informing them of their decision. A trainer can appeal the Committee’s decision to the CMP Steering Committee or re-apply for trainership in the future.

Student Advising

The major professor will mentor the student and monitor their progress toward the PhD degree while also giving advice to the student about courses to take, committee members, and deadlines as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Unsatisfactory Student Progress

If a student is not making satisfactory progress in the lab or his/her behavior is not conducive to lab research, trainers are advised to take the following steps:

  1. Communicate your concerns to the student and request changes to be made within a specific time period. Note concerns on progress report forms. Follow up your conversation with an official letter stating the changes to be made that will be given to the student and a copy to the Graduate Program office.
  2. If the student does not make satisfactory changes, consult the student’s advisory committee for recommendations. The decision that is made by the committee and major professor should be documented and sent to the CMP program office for filing.
  3. If problems persist, contact the CMP Graduate Program Chari for the appropriate course of action. The student may be asked to leave the laboratory or the CMP program. If it is decided that the student should seek another laboratory, the program will fund the student for a maximum of no more than 6 months while they rotate.