A strength of the Experimental Program is its emphasis on a professional mentor relationship between faculty and students. Upon matriculation, each student is assigned an advisor. Together, the advisor and the student select two additional faculty to form a Student Advisory Committee. At least two members of this Committee must be regular members of the Department of Psychology, and at least one member must be from the Experimental Program faculty. The composition of this Committee, including the advisor, may change as the student progresses through the program. Changes in membership of the Student Advisory Committee may be effected by notifying the Program Director.
The primary functions of this Committee are to advise the student on his/her program, to monitor the student's progress and provide feedback to the student, and to keep the Experimental Program faculty informed about the student's progress. The duties of the Student Advisory Committee will include (but are not limited to) the following:
- guidance in the selection of core and methodology courses. This includes a review of preparation and recommendations for additional work.
- direction and evaluation of the Master's thesis.
This committee should meet annually, in the Fall semester.