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Douglas Keszler working in the lab with students.

Graduate advising in the chemistry graduate program is largely the responsibility of the students’ mentor (their major professor or advisor).

When students first arrive, their divisional representative on the Chemistry Department Graduate Advising Committee (GAC) serves as their temporary mentor, helping them to select classes that are supportive of their academic goals in the first and second academic quarters of the year. By the third quarter, students will have identified and reached an agreement with a faculty mentor, at which time the mentor (and the student's graduate committee) which includes a graduate council representative, or GCR, will assume the mentoring role.

The GAC will review student progress at the end of each academic term and, on rare occasions, correspond with guidance on any action that is necessary if academic progress is a concern.