Each first year student is assigned an advisor from the program faculty. This faculty advisor, together with one of the Program Directors, serves as the student’s First Year Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will meet at the beginning of each semester during the student’s first year to provide guidance in coursework, laboratory rotations, grant applications, and general program information.
Before the end of the third semester, students will consult with the Program Directors and their First Year Advisory Committee and identify a faculty member in whose laboratory they will conducted their thesis research. Together, the students and Thesis Advisor will select two other faculty members to generate a Thesis Committee. This committee will provide continued support to the student in all matters related to the student’s academic work.