Selection and Role of Advisor

Students are encouraged to enter the program with a commitment from a particular member of the OSUN faculty to serve as the mentor for dissertation research. Other students enter with the OSUN director, associate director, or another member of the OSUN Graduate Studies Committee advising the first-year student. If more than one OSUN faculty member is interested in a student, those faculty members can supervise the student through laboratory rotations until an advisor-advisee relationship is formed. Although the director and associate director can help facilitate meetings with potential advisors, the student has primary responsibility for contacting the individual OSUN faculty members and other OSUN students who can help in this decision. Students might ask questions such as:

  1. What projects are available for new students to work on?
  2. Is funding available for these projects?
  3. What is the faculty member’s expectation of graduate students?
  4. How many previous students has the faculty member advised and what is the average length of time it took those students to finish their dissertation work?
  5. What is the current status of graduates for whom the faculty member served as the advisor?

A contract will be signed between the student and the OSUN faculty member with whom the student is rotating (see appendix) with. A copy will be filed in the OSUN office by the second week of class, and the student will keep a copy. Students should be aware that the individual faculty member will be evaluating them during the rotation period to determine if the student is compatible with his/her ongoing research program. Until an OSUN faculty mentor has been identified, the student is expected to rotate each quarter into a lab and enroll for a minimum of 1 credit hours of 8998 during the first academic year. Prior to receiving credit for his or her 8998 enrollment, the student should follow-up with each faculty mentor and report the outcome of the rotation to the OSUN director.