Choosing Question and Advisor

Instructions for choosing a question and advisor:

After choosing a question, the next step is to find a faculty advisor. The list of faculty available to advise comps each term appears on the list of questions. Contact an appropriate faculty member (often but not necessarily the author of the question you've chosen) and ask that she or he act as your comps advisor, and have the form (see below) signed and upload to Moodle. Note that a faculty member may not feel able to be your comps advisor for various reasons, including 1) the limited number of comps students allowed per faculty member and 2) insufficient familiarity with the topic you have chosen.

After a meeting in person in which a faculty member has specifically agreed to be your comps advisor, you should complete the following assignment by the deadline (4 PM on Friday of the first full week of classes)

  • Submit the first assignment on Moodle. This is a file that includes your choice of question and advisor, as well as all of the Biology courses you have taken so far. (Click here for template).

After this deadline, a list will be posted outside the Biology Department office and on the department web page with the composition of your comps committee (chair and one other faculty member).