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Supporting the Academic and Professional Development of Graduate and Professional Students

The University invests significant resources in every student who is admitted for post-baccalaureate study - and our students devote substantial time and money pursuing their educational goals. Positive advising and mentoring of graduate and professional students fosters mutually beneficial relationships, leading to success for individual students and enhanced reputations for the graduate or professional programs. Research has shown that, especially for post-baccalaureate students, there is a high correlation between the quality of advising and student success.

The Work Group on Advising and Mentoring (members listed below) envisions a collective effort by the University community to promote and provide exemplary advising and mentoring of graduate and professional students. This initiative is intended to target unwanted attrition of graduate students (nationally estimated to be, on average, approximately 50%), promote a higher rate of PhD completion, and conserve scarce departmental resources.

The documents available under "Grad/Prof Advising Resources" provide guidance on how to enhance the relationships between advanced students and the faculty with whom they work and study.

We hope you will find these resources to be useful, and encourage you to use them as you wish or adapt them to meet your needs. At the end of each document you will find on-campus sources for direct assistance available to students, staff and faculty. The Work Group would also welcome your feedback on these materials and thoughts on how we might improve or add to the resources currently available.

The Work Group is composed of the following members:

  • Kristin Anderson, Associate Dean, School of Public Health
  • John Andrews, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Medical School
  • Dick Brundage, Professor, Experimental/Clinical Pharmacology
  • Carolyn Chalmers, Emeritus
  • Caitlin Cohn PhD student, Design, Housing, and Apparel
  • Chris Conklin, PhD student, Physics
  • Alisa Eland, Associate Director for Counseling & Advising, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Douglas Ernie, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Cynthia Fuller, Associate Director, Student Access, Disability Resource Center
  • Matthew Hanson, Director, Student Academic Success Services, University Counseling and Consulting Service
  • Michael Huyen, Assistant Director, Student Conflict Resolution Center
  • Gabrielle Mead, Equal Opportunity Consultant (Associate to the Director), Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  • Jan Morse, Director, Student Conflict Resolution Center
  • Jane O'Brien, Associate Director, Center for Innovation in Education
  • Emily Ronning, Assistant to the Sr. VP and Provost, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • Ferdinand Schlapper, Director and Chief Health Officer, Boynton Health Service
  • Julie Showers, Director, Office for Conflict Resolution
  • Karen Starry, Assistant to the Dean, Graduate School
  • Mary Tate, Director of Minority Affairs and Diversity, Medical School
  • Julia Vievering PhD student, Physics

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