Student research projects are situated at the interface between two disciplines and typically form part of an ongoing collaboration between two PIs of QBM, who serve as advisor and co-advisor. The project is anchored in the student’s primary field of training, which is usually also the principal advisor’s field of expertise, but requires close interaction with a second discipline, represented by the co-advisor. While students are thus firmly based within their advisor’s lab, they also develop strong ties, both professional and personal, with the co-advisor and his/her group.
The student has a thesis advisory committee (TAC) and will report to it on his/her progress annually. The TAC initially consists of three members (advisor, co-advisor, 3rd member of QBM). A fourth external member is invited to evaluate the written thesis and participate in the thesis defense.
Emil Dandanell Agerschou (class of 2015): "With my background in molecular biology, it became all too visible during my M.Sc. thesis that I had received insufficient training in data analysis and statistics. I believe I’m not the only one who has come to this realization as it might be a symptom of an underlying tendency of biology to primarily understand itself, by itself. QBM offers me the tools that allow me to understand biology in a broader context and thereby strengthening the bonds between biology and the rest of the natural sciences."