Advising Mentoring

All PhD students receive advising and mentoring from College of Nursing faculty and staff. Course advising and planning is done primarily by the PhD Coordinator, in conjunction with the PhD Program Director. The PhD coordinator will also help students with the course registration process and policy related issues, including procedures for progression toward dissertation completion and graduation. In addition to advising from the PhD Coordinator, all newly admitted PhD students are assigned a faculty mentor and peer mentor. Initial faculty mentor assignments are decided by the PhD Program Director and PhD Coordinator, and are based on the student’s expressed research interest and background during the application process.

Mentoring at the doctoral level is the key to student success. Your faculty mentor will talk with you about making the most of your core course work so that it substantively contributes to your research ideas and s/he will help you select cognate courses. He or she will help you plan your program of research. By the end of course work, you will have a clear idea of your area of study for dissertation research.

Students should plan to meet with faculty mentors at least once a month to discuss emerging ideas about their research and receive career guidance from an expert in the field. As students get closer to dissertation, they will meet with their faculty mentor more frequently. Faculty mentors will guide students as they select comprehensive exam and dissertation committee members.

Students are free to change faculty mentors at any point in their PhD studies. This decision should be based upon who can best assist them in completing their work. If a student chooses to change a faculty mentor they must clearly communicate with both their previous and new mentor and then, submit an appropriate request form to the PhD coordinator.