Graduate & Professional Student Advising Initiative

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 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 "Resources" provide guidance on how to enhance the relationships between advanced students and the faculty with whom they work and study.

The Work Group is composed of the following members:

  • 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
  • Sofia Andersson-Stern, Equal Opportunity Consultant (Associate to the Director), Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  • Jan Morse, Director, Student Conflict Resolution Center
  • Jane O'Brien, Education Program Specialist, 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
  • Dave Golden Director of Communications at Boynton Health Services
  • 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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