MAIS Mentoring Process
Our mentoring process is intended to be supportive, educational, enriching, and flexible to attend to the evolving needs of both students and faculty. When students are admitted, the Director and Program Administrator meet with all new students to orient them and discuss mentoring. MAIS assigns incoming students a “research supervisor” who supports new students during their first year in the program. The Graduate Program Director serves as a liaison, sending students and faculty a copy of the UW Graduate School’s Handbooks on Mentoring. The Faculty and Student Agreement outlines the role of mentors and mentees and states expectations for satisfactory progress and the logistics for students and faculty to work together. If there is a need for a different mentoring pairing, the Director works with the student and faculty to identify a new supervisor.
As students get close to embarking on the thesis, project, or practicum, an advisory committee is developed through a collaborative process that includes the student, research supervisor(s), and the Director. The MAIS Director works with students to identify suitable committees to supervise the culminating experience. The committee often includes the research supervisor that the student has already worked with, but it is not required or expected. The committee Chair is officially assigned through registration codes when a student signs up for thesis, project, or practicum credits. In addition, students take the MAIS Capstone course in their final year, which is taught in part as an advanced writing workshop that is guided by a faculty member dedicated to the program.