Formal advising and monitoring for students who have not yet proposed an acceptable thesis project is provided by the Steering or Advisory Committee of their academic program. This committee meets with students formally at least every semester to advise them on coursework, laboratory rotation experiences, and qualifying examination preparation. Scientific advising is provided by the advisers of rotation laboratories during rotations; thesis mentors after a thesis laboratory is selected, and thesis committees following acceptance of the thesis proposal. Some programs advise in years GR5 and beyond to oversee and assist in scientific development and growth.
Resources for informal advising are the Program Directors, members of the program steering committees, and the Graduate Student Coordinators. Students may also receive information from other students, student organizations such as the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), the Career Resource Program (CRP), and publications such as the SACademic Guide.