The choice of a dissertation advisor/mentor is one of the most important decisions you will make as a graduate student. Thus, you should keep this matter in mind as you choose laboratory rotations and participate in lecture and seminar activities throughout your first year in the program.

Suggested Deadlines:

  • First year students arriving in August should select a dissertation advisor by June 1.
  • Students who arrive during summer semester, should make this decision in mid-February.

Students should make this choice in consultation with appropriate faculty so that the student and the faculty member can come to a mutually agreeable decision and arrangement. In special cases, students unprepared to make this choice may be allowed to complete an additional laboratory rotation during the summer term. Clearly, a fourth rotation should be elected only after careful consideration, since doing so could delay the student's completion of the doctoral program. Your program manager should be advised of your preference of dissertation mentor on the appropriate form.