##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Graduate Student Seminar

## Jim Lin

## Finding a Thesis Advisor

##### Abstract:

One of the most important choices a graduate student will make in their graduate career will be choosing a thesis advisor. It is never too early for students to begin thinking about choosing an area of specialty and choosing among the 55 UCSD math faculty who might supervise them. How did other students find a thesis advisor? What are the key factors to consider when choosing an advisor? What do professors look for before they accept a student as their thesis student? How does finding a thesis advisor lead to find a problem for a thesis? The goal of this seminar is to share information about the process of finding a thesis advisor. We will have three graduate students-Manda Riehl, Jonathan Armel and Kristin Jehring describe their experiences finding a thesis advisor and what happens after a thesis advisor is found. We will also have two faculty, Lance Small and Michael Holst describe what they look for in a graduate student before they accept him or her as their thesis student. Jim Lin will serve as moderator. All students, especially first, second and third year students, are cordially invited to attend.

Host: Jim Lin

### February 8, 2007

### 3:00 PM

### AP&M B402

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