Students are expected to progress through the graduate degree program following a prescribed timeline and in a prescribed order from initial course work and rotations to ultimately filing a thesis.
Please refer to the Graduate Division policy on student progress for university guidelines on acceptable progress.
Academic advisors are available to assist first year students in exploring rotation and curriculum options. First years are required to meet with the pre-assigned academic advisor prior to the start of classes and again prior to Winter and Spring.
All students are encouraged to identify a second mentor/advisor who can provide both career and scientific mentorship, in addition to your PI.
- Students should choose a second mentor by the start of their second academic year after joining a lab.
- The second mentor does not need to be an expert in your research field. Choose a faculty member who you can easily communicate with, since they can be an important outside resource who can provide unbiased and more confidential feedback then often given by thesis committee members.
- While participation in the program will not be monitored, all students are strongly encouraged to participate.
The path to your PhD degree