If the student will be working with hazardous materials, make sure that she/he is properly attired and instructed. If your department offers a lab safety course, please sign her/him up for it at the beginning of her/his time with you.
Make sure that the student leaves information with you on how to contact her/him by email and by phone. You should also let the student know your contact information, email, phone, etc. If you are planning to be away, please leave written instructions for the student. If there is someone else that the student can consult when you are away, please let him/her know.
Make sure that the student understands the overall goal of her/his part of the research.
All students will be taking the senior seminar for 3 credits in the fall and spring. This translates into a time commitment of 9 hours a week in the fall and spring semester.
The student will be writing a ~20 page proposal in their first semester in the spring and a ~45 page paper in their second semester in the fall. The spring semester proposal is expected to contain the rationale for the project, background material, an analysis of data collected up to that point, and a statement of scientific problems that are still remaining. The fall semester paper is expected to be written like a standard scientific paper with the following sections: abstract, introduction, methods, research results, discussion of research results, conclusions, figures, figure captions, and references cited. We would like you to read these papers and comment on them. In the first semester, an outline of the thesis proposal will be due to you and their seminar advisor, two drafts of the proposal will be due in the middle of the semester, and the final draft is due the end of the semester (see schedule). They adhere to a similar schedule in their second semester. Your comments on each document should be sent to the student who will discuss them with her/his seminar advisor. At the end of the semester, you will also be consulted about a grade (see expectations).
Some students may be interested in working with you on a publication. Students are also encouaged to present their work at scientific meetings, travel fund can be applied for through the Earth Institute, for example.
If you encounter difficulties that cannot be resolved in
feel free to contact the student's seminar