Research Supervisors

Selection of a Research Supervisor

Students in the Ph.D. program will be assigned a research supervisor (major advisor) no later than the end of Spring quarter of their first academic year (See Appendix A). Each student must submit three ranked choices to the department Chair before the last week of that quarter.

The relationship between a research supervisor and a graduate student is a very special one. In our Department, we want graduate students to have as much freedom as possible in the selection of a research supervisor. After a selection is made and agreed to, further change is possible only by petition, with approval by the Department Chair. Agreement in the selection of a supervisor must be mutual and must be done on a fully informed basis.

Although we will attempt to accommodate every student’s first choice for an advisor, it is possible that this will not occur because of previous commitments by the faculty to other students in the program and laboratory space constraints (See Appendix A for details). In general, no two incoming students will be assigned to the same advisor. In the event where two first-year students choose the same advisor as their first choice, the final assignment will be made based on drawing lots.

Once selected, a research supervisor becomes the dominant mentor to the student and shares with the student responsibility for the Progression Steps listed in Appendix A. The research supervisor, in collaboration with the Master’s Bypass and Doctoral Supervisory Committee, of which he or she is chairperson, is responsible for the student’s program of study and research.

Students must begin research leading to a Master’s or Doctoral degree by summer quarter of their first academic year. All students are expected to enroll for graduate research in either PCEUT 600, 700 or 800 all four quarters, including summer, in every year they are in the program.