2. Advisor assignment
2. Thesis Advisor Assignment
On the basis of the Thesis Topic Plans submitted to the Department, you will be assigned a thesis advisor before the end of the semester in which the topic plan is submitted. The criteria for assignment are: 1) faculty expertise as related to student’s topic; 2) equity of distribution across faculty members; and 3) student preferences.
We will try to assign you to the advisor of your choice, but given the importance of the other two criteria you should not assume that will be possible. Once an advisor is assigned, you should meet with your advisor to talk briefly about your topic plan, so that you can begin to work on additional reading during the break before the semester in which your official thesis work actually begins. Whether or not you are assigned your preferred advisor, other faculty members in the department will always be glad to talk with you about your thesis ideas.