Advising and Mentoring
Academic Faculty Advising of first year Graduate students
Every first-year student is assigned to a faculty advisor, with whom he or she meets before the beginning of each quarter to discuss classes, Department and University requirements, and general progress. This "academic advisor" also provides advice on how to make contact with research groups. The academic advisor maintains this role until the student has started research in a Research group and found a research advisor, who will chair the student's supervisory committee).
Peer mentoring of first year Graduate students
The department has an evolving peer mentoring program. First-year students are paired with a student mentor. Typically a second-year Graduate student or sometimes a more advanced Graduate student who has volunteered for this. These student mentors aim to help the first-year students make the transition to graduate school by sharing their experiences and provide support and advice. Peer mentoring starts during Orientation Week at the start of the Academic year and involves various scheduled events during the year, such as
one social "tea" each quarter to which all mentors and mentees are invited. In addition, mentors meet individually with their mentors once or twice each quarter during the year.
Faculty mentors for advanced graduate students
Advanced Graduate students are advised and mentored by their Research Adviser and their Faculty Mentor. Students forming their Supervisory Committees must designate one of the members, other than the Chair, as a Faculty Mentor.