Graduate School Survival Guide

This guide provides concise suggestions for:

Other sources of information:

Getting the most out of the relationship with your reseach advisor or boss

Getting the most out of what you read

Making continual progress on your research

Finding a thesis topic or formulating a research plan

Characteristics to look for in a good advisor, mentor, boss, or committee member

It is unreasonable to expect one person to have all of the qualities you desire. You should choose thesis committee members who are strong in the areas where your advisor is weak.

Avoiding the research blues

Other resources:


Web Pages

News Groups


Much of this advice came out of reading the other resources noted above as well as through discussions with SMI students, faculty and staff.

Created and maintained by Wanda Pratt.
Last updated on March 5, 1997
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