##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Graduate Student Seminar

## Jim Lin

#### UCSD

## Finding a Thesis Advisor

##### Abstract:

One of the most important choices a graduate student will make 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 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 finding a thesis problem? We will discuss these questions. We will have four graduate students-Manda Riehl, Andy Niedermaier, Maia Averett and Kevin McGown describe their experiences finding a thesis advisor and what happens after a thesis advisor is found. We will also have one faculty, Jim Lin, describe what he looks for in a graduate student before he accepts him or her as a thesis student. All students, especially first, second and third year students, are cordially invited to attend.

### March 6, 2008

### 2:00 PM

### AP&M 7321

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