Guide to the First Year

Selecting a Research Advisor

Nov. 21
Turn in Faculty Interview Form with signatures of 5 faculty whom you interviewed.
Dec. 4
Turn in the Research Advisor Selection form with top 3 choices.
Dec. 18
Develop Individual Curriculum Plan and Research Advisory Committee with your new advisor.
Selecting a Research Advisor & Developing Individual Curriculum Plan

During the first semester, students are required to interview at least 5 faculty members before selecting their top 3 research advisor preferences.  Please check with these faculty members that they are willing to accept you into their lab before submitting your selections.  The department will then review preferences and inform students of their new research group assignments.  Choosing an advisor is the most important decision a student will make in graduate school, and it should be done with careful deliberationAfter joining a group, you will then develop your Individual Curriculum Plan and choose your Research Advisory Committee with the consultation of your new research advisor. 

If you lose track of any of the forms used in the first-semester advisor selection process, you can find them below.

Forms and Guides

Seminar Attendance

Every graduate student is expected to attend all of the named lectures as an essential part of his or her graduate education, and should be a regular participant in seminars and colloquia in his or her area of specialization.

Departmental Seminar:  Fridays at 4:00 PM in GL 1154

Analytical Seminar:  Mondays at 3:30 PM in the Simons Auditorium

DyMERS Seminar:  Wednesdays at 3:30 PM in GL 1146

Organic Seminar:  Thursdays at 12:15 PM in GL 1160