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Graduate Advising

Advising

Throughout the MCO graduate experience, students have access to multiple faculty members as well as staff to advise them.

THE “NEUTRAL ADVISOR”

Incoming students are matched with a faculty member who can provide insight when students are going through decision making processes such as choosing areas of research and labs.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Faculty members assigned to be Executive Committee representing key areas offer advice and guide students about elective course work and lab choices within specific areas of research. The committee plays an important role during a student’s first year.

 

DISSERTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Along with the Faculty Mentor, each student will have a Dissertation Advisory Committee consisting of three additional faculty members who assist in monitoring and guiding the student in their research.

DIRECTOR(S) OF GRADUATE STUDIES

At any time, students also have access to Professors Craig Hunter and Victoria D’Souza, who are the Co-Directors of Graduate Studies for the MCO program.

 

FACULTY MENTOR

In addition, by the 2nd year, each student will have joined a lab. The professor who heads the lab will mentor the student’s research progress, guiding them to completion of the PhD.

 

GRADUATE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

For non-research related questions or concerns, ranging from administrative requirements to finances and living in Cambridge, students can connect with Lindsay Guest (Graduate Program Administrator) and/or Katie Scrocca (Graduate Programs Finance and Research Administration Manager) anytime.

Complementing these formal advising relationships, each student has daily interactions not only with members of their chosen lab, but also with other scientists throughout the wide-ranging Harvard research community.