Faculty Advising and How to Prepare for Meeting with Faculty

General administrative questions can be answered by the Psychology Student Affairs Office, e.g., degree checks and planning of the curriculum for the major or minor. For questions regarding careers or graduate schools, see our faculty. All psychology faculty contact information can be found here. You will want to choose an advisor in your field of interest.

Take a moment to prepare some precise questions, perhaps even in writing. Students should take, if possible, a transcript along to demonstrate academic standing and psychology courses taken as well as relevant courses from other departments.

When asking for a Letter of Recommendation briefly describe your goal and your preparation for it (e.g., internships, etc.). Take a short vita, any research papers written, or other valuable reminders for the referee, stamped/addressed envelopes, and a statement of purpose. It would be helpful to leave a written statement of purpose with the faculty member, since he/she will not write the letter on the spot.

Don't be afraid to ask the professor for letters of reference. You need at least three letters of reference when applying for graduate school or employment. They can be very influential in the way your application is viewed. Your professors are happy to do this for you. Choose the faculty member who knows you best, preferably one with whom you have done research, e.g., 199 and/or 194ABC - since it is this that graduate schools are most interested in. In a Letter of Recommendation the referee will focus on the following information generally looked for by graduate schools or employers: General ability, creativity, motivation, emotional maturity, research ability and potential, command of major subject, written and oral English. The letter will state whether the writer will recommend you for the Ph.D. Program or the M.S. Program.