Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
Incoming PiN students are each assigned to a member of the Student Advisory Committee, a small group of faculty committed to guiding students through the program from matriculation to graduation. Students are matched with an advisor with whom they have no other professional contact in order to ensure that the advising relationship is not influenced by the advisor's interests. If a conflict of interest arises at any point, students can request a different SAC advisor. SAC advisors take a holistic approach to advising on course selection, rotations, choosing a lab, research projects, mentorship in the lab, career development, and anything else of concern to their students.
While a student may meet with their SAC advisor at any time, PiN formally schedules individual advising meetings at specific intervals. First-year students are required to meet with their advisor in August, December, and May. Second-year students are required to meet with their advisor in September and January. Third-year students (and above) are required to meet with their advisor annually in June, July, or August, depending on their advisor’s schedule.
Students are encouraged to help set the agenda for these meetings and are asked to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) each year, which can help guide advising conversations.
Dissertation Advisory Committee (DAC)
Peer & Alumni Mentorship
All first-year PiN students are paired with a more senior peer mentor within the program. PiN peer mentors undergo training in culturally aware mentorship, mental health first aid, Title IX, and accessing student resources across the University. Peer mentors meet with their mentees once a month in the first year and organize regular themed group "hang-outs" around topics like making the most of your rotations, choosing a lab, preparing for the PQE, and work-life balance in grad school.