Graduate Advising


Marcos Santander talking to prospective graduate studentsGraduate students are required to meet with an advisor each semester to plan their class schedules for the next semester. Each graduate student should update their advising worksheet for use during advising meetings. The worksheet should list past, current, and proposed courses. Students should usually enroll in 10 credit hours per semester, including research hours (if applicable), in order for degree requirements to be completed in a reasonable time.

Students should first meet with their research advisors (if they have one), then meet with an academic advisor on the Graduate Advising Committee. The advising worksheet requires approval by both the research advisor (if applicable), and an academic advisor (any member of the current graduate advising committee). After meetings with advisors, the student should submit the online advising form.  Soon after doing so, they will receive a confirmation that their registration hold has been removed and any course sections they need created and registration permissions granted.  They should then register for the courses they planned.

2020-21 Graduate Advising Committee

  • Dean Townsley (astro)
  • Paulo Araujo (experimental condensed matter)
  • Geog Schwiete (theoretical condensed matter)
  • Nobu Okada (theoretical particle)
  • Igor Ostrovskiy (experimental particle)


  1. Update advising worksheet online form, save PDF but don’t submit yet
  2. Meet with research advisor (if applicable) for approval
  3. Meet with academic advisor (from Grad Advising Comm.) for approval
  4. Submit online worksheet online form and wait for email confirmation
  5. Register for classes

Advising Worksheets

The worksheet completed every semester is now provided via this structured online survey.

Fillable worksheets were previously available as Microsoft Excel files.  These are provided below for reference, and follow a similar structure to the online form.

Examples for PhD students, based on the area of research

Examples for MS students