The academic advisor, in conjunction with the thesis or doctoral committee, is the primary source of guidance for the student's progress through his or her course work, research, and writing of the thesis, paper, or dissertation.
Advisors to students in the Graduate Program in Acoustics are appointed by the Program Chair from among the Program's faculty. Faculty supervising incoming students working on sponsored research programs will normally serve as the academic advisor to such students. It is the responsibility of each student to provide the Acoustics Program with a statement of interests or areas in which the student desires to focus his or her academic work. The Program will in turn provide the students with a list of faculty whose interests or work coincide with that of the student. The student should then schedule a meeting with each faculty member to discuss the potential of establishing an advisor/advisee relationship. Once a student and a faculty member have agreed to work together, the Program Chair should be consulted and the appointment made. The Graduate Program Officer will serve as a temporary advisor for incoming students who, by the first day of the semester, do not yet have an advisor.
From time to time, the student and advisor relationship may experience discord; however, such periods are to be expected and should be resolvable. In rare cases the advisor and student relationship is not mutually successful and the discord appears to be irresolable. In such cases, the Program Chair should be consulted. The Program Chair will then decide whether a termination of the relationship is appropriate. It is the responsibility of the student to identify a new faculty member willing to assume the role of advisor. Once the student and the new faculty member have agreed to work together, the Program Chair should be consulted and the appointment made.