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How does Advising Work?

You and Your Adviser

During your first week on campus, the Graduate Officer will help you select a member of the faculty to serve as your temporary adviser. Your temporary adviser will assist you in selecting courses for your first semester and in answering any questions or problems you might have as you begin your graduate program.

The assignment of a temporary adviser lasts for only that first semester. Early in the second semester, you should notify the Graduate Officer whether you wish to continue with your temporary adviser, or whether you wish to choose a different adviser. Your adviser will help you in planning your degree program and in selecting your graduate committee. In general, the committee established during your second semester of study will remain in place through the completion of your degree. By this time, you also should have selected an area of concentration for your degree.

The Graduate Officer should be notified of your choice of an adviser, as well as of any subsequent changes in the make-up of your committee. If you have any questions about choosing an adviser or your committee, see the Graduate Officer. It is your responsibility to choose your adviser and your committee members and to discuss your program with them. Do not postpone this discussion. Keep in mind that your adviser and your committee must approve a plan of study consistent with your career plans and interests.

CAS Advising and Mentoring Plan (Developed in 2010)