Each incoming student is matched with a faculty mentor and a graduate student (peer) mentor for the first year of the program. Faculty mentors meet with students to discuss their course selection, research interests, and offer guidance in designing a course of study, and in selecting future dissertation advisors. Graduate student mentors serve as resource people during the first year of the program and offer advice on the graduate school experience. Thereafter, with assistance from their first year mentor and the Graduate Program Director, and based on their classroom experience, students identify a principal faculty member to serve as their graduate advisor. The choice does not preclude working with other faculty, or the selection of a dissertation chair.