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Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemistry

Guide to Graduate Studies

Resources for Exceptional or Challenging Situations

Changing Advisors

A student may change research advisors at any time, provided (1) a new advisor is ready to accept the student and (2) the student has not changed advisors before. Normally, the student must be in good standing in the Ph.D. program. Typical reasons for such changes are shifts in research interests away from the advisor’s area or difficulties in advisor-student communication. The process of changing advisors will generally involve:

Students who are considering a change of advisors are encouraged to seek confidential advice on the details of these steps by consulting the Associate Head. Note that prospective advisors should generally keep discussions of change of advisor confidential until the student’s decision is final and the Department Head has approved of the change.