Upon arrival the First-year Student Advisory Committee oversees each student’s program of study. The student and committee shall review the student’s background and goals and set a program for the first year. This may include background undergraduate courses if deemed advisable to participate fully in this multi-faceted program of study. In evaluating the preparedness of the new student for the GST courses, the student can be directed to appropriate tutorial sessions, web-based training, etc. After the student has chosen a laboratory and program, the student shall form a Thesis or Dissertation Committee. This committee guides the student’s research and advises the student about additional course opportunities.