The mentoring program for incoming students is intended to give
a more personal introduction to the program and to graduate student
life. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor who may also become
his/her advisor in preparation for the Ph.D.
A faculty mentor can help students in a variety of ways, from
recommending courses and planning their schedules, to helping
with research ideas, to writing letters of recommendation. As
students' research interests become more focused, they may decide
to choose another mentor whose interests are more similar to their
own, or they may opt to continue their relationship with their
initial mentor and may ultimately make her or him their Ph.D.
exam advisor. Students should remember that a faculty mentor is
someone who is already well established in the field, and who
can help them through not only their career in graduate school,
but on into their professional career. The professors of today
are the colleagues of tomorrow.
As for the student advisors, these are advanced folklore students
who have elected to help incoming students through the tribulations
of the first year of graduate school. These people are good sources
of information about classes and professors (get the real story!),
housing, and other aspects of university life.
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