Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring in Materials Science and Engineering

Advising

Students choosing materials science and engineering (MSE) as their primary field should follow the listed curriculum for materials engineers. They will develop a complete program of courses with their advisor for approval during advising sessions.

Students who are interested in transferring into the Department of Materials Science and Engineering should contact Assistant Director of Student Services Dr. Kathleen Hart. To schedule an appointment, e-mail her at hart@umd.edu.

Current students who do not know who their advisor is should contact Dr. Hart.

MSE students participating in or desiring to participate in the Interdisciplinary Minor Program in Nanoscale Science and Technology (NS&T) must formally declare their participation using the Nano Minor Declaration/Advising Form (PDF). Submission of the form must follow a meeting with the department's NS&T program advisors, Dr. Kathleen Hart, Associate Director of Student Services, and Professor Ray Phaneuf, who will help the students develop a program of courses suitable for the minor and a schedule for taking them. To schedule an appointment, e-mail Dr. Kathleen Hart at hart@umd.edu and Professor Phaneuf at phaneuf@lps.umd.edu

The Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Mentoring Program

Materials majors participate in a mentoring program to meet with MSE faculty members or instructors to discuss research activities, specialization areas and career/graduate school options.  Mentoring sessions occur prior to registration for the following semester classes. Students are required to have a mentoring session for a minimum of the three semesters starting prior to registration for classes for their second semester on campus. Students must choose a different faculty member for each mentoring session. Mentoring forms may be found outside the Assistant Director for Student Services Office at 1113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building, or you may download the mentoring form. (PDF)

Approval Process for MSE Technical Electives

Students must come prepared to their regular advising session with proposed technical electives on semesters they will register for them.  Retroactive approvals will only be considered for students transferring to MSE from another program.  The student must articulate in a reasonable way how the proposed course will help to meet specific intellectual or career goals.  If the course control code is 300 or 400 level in MATH, CHEM, PHYS, CMSC, or any disciplinary engineering program (e.g., BIOE, CHBE, ENEE, etc.), then the advisor may promptly approve the course at their discretion.  The advisor may also approve other courses, if the course content otherwise meets the degree requirements for technical electives.  Such approval may require documentation, e.g. syllabus or example course materials, and/or additonal review time.  Upon completion of advising, a student may appeal an advisor's decision by email to the Chair of the Undergraduate Program Committee.