Of course Mentoring is a wonderful tool, but see below to find out how some of our programs make the best use of it.
Anthropology: Our program encompasses the four fields of anthropology while our core curriculum for students grounds the separate graduate trajectories. Each sub-disciplinary program provides a challenging environment that offers students superb training as anthropologists as they prepare and carry out their doctoral research. While our faculty all have their own very active research programs and enjoy national and international reputations, we are deeply committed to hands-on training and mentoring of our students. With faculty training and mentorship, a large portion of our students have been notably successful in attracting national fellowships and grants to support their doctoral research from such agencies as the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and many others.
Neuroscience: High quality research is the most important component of success in NSP as in other science-based graduate programs, but it is essential that students are encouraged and mentored in order to maximize their chances of success. We believe we do well in mentoring students and believe it is an important component of a strong graduate education in science. This includes giving them opportunities for professional development, giving them encouragement (and financial support) to attend national and international meetings, and providing them opportunities to interact with visiting seminar speakers, often the leaders in the field.
Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology: One area of focus at the program level is mentoring, in several different forms. Our orientation course addresses many of the skills students will need in their careers, including proposal writing and evaluation, pedagogy and time management. Beyond that first semester course, the director meets with the students each semester. These meetings, the annual review process, and the student representative to the steering committee allow for continued feedback both to and from students. The interdisciplinary nature of our program facilitates communication among different fields. Students interact with other students, faculty and postdocs at our weekly seminar series, and with students from different graduate programs in their own lab groups. All student committees contain members from at least two departments; many contain members from multiple colleges. These opportunities expose students throughout their graduate career to a number of different research and teaching philosophies, research topics and techniques, as well as job placement opportunities.
Speech and Hearing Science: Our students are strongly mentored and directed in a highly individualized program that results in a unique combination of courses and expertise. The students and their mentors design a specialized area of study that often results in innovative research projects and development of new concepts, applications and protocols. This again relates to the extraordinary range of resources that are available on this campus.
The Graduate College has an Online Toolkit for Graduate Mentors & Advisers.