Advisory Committee

Graduate students will develop an individualized program of study with their advisory committee. The program of study describes the specific courses, research and related activities you will take to meet your degree requirements. We recommended that you develop a program of study as soon as possible upon arriving at the university.

Your advisory committee is very important in guiding your progress toward an advanced degree, and high priority should be placed on forming the committee during the first semester as you get to know faculty.

When you start your program, you may be assigned a temporary advisor. Master's degree students should aim to form their committee during the first semester. Ph.D. students should select a general research area, full advisory committee and major advisor sometime during the first semester, if they have already completed a master's degree. If you do not have a master's degree when you start your Ph.D., you may take additional time to settle on your advisory committee. You are free to change advisors or committee members at any time.

Advisory committee membership

Your advisory committee must be composed fo the following:

  • M.S.: At least three members of the graduate faculty: two from your area of specialization, and one from a department outside Chemical and Materials Engineering.
  • Ph.D.: At least five members of the graduate faculty: three from your area of specialization, and two from a department outside chemical and materials engineering.