The additional laboratory rotation requirement provides each student with unique exposure to training and hands-on experiences in both basic and population/quantitative research in addiction science.
During the summer after Year 1 fellows participate in a “Unifying Project” in which they work in a team on a specific project provided by the program co-directors in conjunction with other faculty members. The project is more focused than a dissertation and presents fellows with a relevant scientific question related to addiction for which the “solution” is at the interface of both approaches.
Students meet with the project mentors frequently to discuss strategies, relevant literature and their progress. Each student is required to produce a journal article-style paper describing the research at the end of the summer, which is then incorporated in his/her Interdisciplinary Bridging Exam.