FACULTY INTERESTED IN TAKING STUDENTS IN FALL 2020
The graduate advisor is a mentor for all aspects of the scientific and professional education of the student. This implies frequent, substantive interaction with the student. The student is expected, through his/her scholarship, to contribute to the mission of the advisor's laboratory, research group, and department. However, the philosophy of the NACS program is that the advisor serves the student, not vice versa.
The advisor must be a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park and a NACS faculty member. Students who want to conduct research with a NACS adjunct faculty member will have co-advisors: The adjunct faculty member acts as the research advisor and the UMD faculty member acts as academic advisor.
FINDING AN ADVISOR
Only applicants in whom faculty members have expressed interest in will be considered for admission. Applicants should contact faculty with whom they would like to work prior to submitting their applications. It is best to send a relatively short email (2-3 paragraphs) to the faculty member whose research interests fit with yours. In the email describe your research interests, background, and goals, and attach your resume. It is fine to ask if the faculty member is taking new students in the coming year (not all faculty take students every year). Initiating steps to network and build collaborative professional relationships is part of being a scientist.
Additional information about the mentor can be found in the NACS Graduate Handbook.