Each undergraduate student is assigned a faculty advisor upon entry into the IMSE program. A student can expect to receive help from an advisor on matters such as course choices, internship opportunities and career guidance. All IMSE tenured or tenure-track faculty members who teach undergraduate students advise undergraduate students. Unless a student specifically requests a particular faculty member, the department administrative assistant assigns the student to an advisor. Students can request a change in advisor, but this is not encouraged.


Each semester, during a designated pre-enrollment time, students meet individually with their advisor to monitor academic progress and determine the courses they should enroll in the following semester. Faculty advisors use various methods to have students sign-up for advising including posting open advising slots on their office door, posting an electronic sign-up sheet and sending personalized email. After the first week of class, IMSE students are required to get their advisor's signature in order to drop and/or add classes.

How to prepare for the advising session

Students are expected to prepare for the advising session by bringing a tentative schedule with them to the meeting. No undergraduate student can enroll in courses without their advisor signing off on their schedule by removing their electronic enrollment flag.