Faculty-Student Advising: Suggested Talking Points for Students

Asking your faculty advisor the following types of questions can help guide you through the faculty-student advising process:

  • Can you give me any advice about how to find a summer internship?
  • How did you choose your major as an undergraduate?
  • What experiences did you have as an undergraduate that led you to pursue a Ph.D.?
  • Where did you attend graduate school? How did you choose that school?
  • What kinds of work experience did you have before becoming a professor?
  • What can I do as a HSSEAS undergraduate that would make me competitive for internships and jobs?
  • What is the best way to find a faculty member to do research with?
  • What are some top graduate schools in my field that I should target?
  • What are some top companies in my field that I should target?
  • Would you recommend going straight in to graduate school or working first?