Trainee Selection and Participation
Trainees are selected at the end of their first year of graduate study, and are supported in their second and third years but remain MCTP fellows throughout their graduate education. The more senior students continue to enjoy the infrastructure and facilities of the MCTP, the community of peers who share their interests and the opportunity to mentor new students and participate in outreach activities.
MCTP trainees and faculty come from the UCLA departments of Bioengineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Physics.
Graduate trainees are required to fulfill the doctoral degree requirements of their home department, including teaching and research. The daily routines of MCTP fellows typically revolve around interactions with MCTP and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) participants.
MCTP fellows have two research advisors, to ensure multiple perspectives on their thesis research. The primary dissertation advisor is usually in the department from which the student will receive his/her Ph.D. The secondary advisor must be from a different discipline and be a member of the MCTP training faculty. (S)he must agree to serve on the student's dissertation committee and be involved in research and career mentoring.
Trainees have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and fabrication facilities across the UCLA campus.