Mentoring

Graduate student mentoring and support 

Graduate students with a faculty advisor at FRIB are in MSU’sDepartment of ChemistryDepartment of Electrical and Computer EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, andDepartment of Physics and Astronomy. These departments have separate PhD requirements. Based on your background, the graduate advisors in each department will put together an individual curriculum for you.  

In addition to the mentoring provided by your advisor and the staff of your department, the FRIB associate director for education provides additional support and mentoring, based on a dedicated FRIB graduate student mentoring plan. This mentoring plan outlines a wide variety of processes and activities aimed at optimizing the support for graduate students at FRIB and help you to be successful. FRIB will ensure that you get state-of-the-art education and guidance and that you prepare for the next step in your career in a reasonable amount of time: the average time to PhD is about 5.4 years (counted from the moment students enter the graduate program), which is significantly below the national average. 

FRIB research opportunities 

When you arrive as a graduate student at FRIB, the associate director for education and FRIB faculty at will work with you to discuss research opportunities. We offer all incoming students the opportunity to perform research in the summer prior to starting the regular PhD program, which is a great way to get a flying start. To make things even easier, anFRIB Graduate Student Handbook is available(which is separate from the handbooks from the academic departments that outline the program requirements and guidelines) that provides a lot of practical information about performing graduate research at FRIB 

To help you get started, you’ll meet with the associate director for education shortly after your arrival at FRIB, in addition to meeting with representatives from the department in which you are enrolled. 

As a graduate student, you’ll form a guidance committee to guide your course and research work. In addition, through a variety of activities, we help you create an informal mentoring network of faculty and staff who will not only help you be successful in graduate school, but who can also provide information and contacts for next steps in your career.  

Financial support 

FRIB PhD students receive sufficient support to allow you to complete the doctoral program without the need for other sources of income or loans, provided you make adequate progress on your PhD thesis. Usually, this support consists of half-time graduate teaching assistantships in the first year and half-time graduate research assistantships after advancement to PhD candidacy and in the summer months. Half-time assistantships include a waiver for tuition and matriculation fees for all recommended physics and chemistry courses in addition to health insurance. A higher stipend is provided after the graduate student advances to candidacy to the PhD degree. 

Especially qualified incoming graduate students are considered and nominated for a limited number of honorific fellowships, e.g., the FRIB Fellowship, the College of Natural Science Fellowship and University FellowshipsFRIB guarantees the fellowship level of support provided you make good progress towards the completion of your doctoral degree and remain in good academic standing. 

Work space at FRIB 

Graduate students are supplied with office space and the computers. Graduate student office assignments are managed by the graduate students. The laboratory has swell-developed business, purchasing, electronics, and mechanical engineering departments, as well as a state-of-the-art machine shop and detector lab. Professionals in these departments help you to be successful in your research, and make valuable contributions to the education of students. 

Teaching opportunities 

If you are interested in teaching you can consider pursuing a Certification in Teaching College Science and Mathematics. This is a voluntary comprehensive program to prepare graduate students in the College of Natural Science for careers in post-secondary education, and it provides demonstrable evidence of your qualifications as a teacher. 

Individual career consultations 

The MSU Office of Graduate Career Services can give you the advice you need on CVs and resumes, job-search strategies, cover-letter consults, interview prep, career exploration, and more. 

Additional information 

The Graduate School’s website is also the authority on dissertation and graduation information. 

Finally, the Writing Center offers a variety of services for graduate students when writing papers, journal articles, or dissertations, while the Counseling Center offers consultation and assessment, time-limited professional counseling, self-help resources, and appropriate referrals to MSU students who are in pursuit of academic and personal goals.