A series of programs are in place to help with choosing a research advisor:
- An orientation that details the process and provides an opportunity for questions and answers by current faculty and students
- A research perspectives course where all faculty briefly outline their research programs to new students
- A laboratory rotation system where incoming students spend time in each of three different research groups
Graduate students normally choose their research advisors late in the first semester and begin active research the following semester. Research is then conducted on a continual basis until a thesis is written and defended.